“Carp are very expensive and nationally rare,” he said. “The death of these fish will have a knock-on effect. There is a small number of prominent diseases that would result in a substantial quarantine period, possibly a number of years.”
He said the scale of the ban will become clear when the test results come back from the Marine Institute: “We would ask people to be patient, not to go fishing and to wait for the results of the tests.”
According to local Independent councillor Mick Finn, the recent fish kill at the Lough highlights the need for ongoing investment in what he describes as an ‘iconic recreational location’ in Cork.
“At this early stage, it looks like it was a parasitic disease that may have led to this considerable fish kill and we need to look at the combination of factors that led this to happen.
“All necessary measures need to be taken to protect against another such outbreak.”