Fish deaths a mystery

By Sam Turton  
Thursday 23rd June 2022 10:29 am

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The cause of the deaths of more than 100 fish is still unclear.

They were killed in a pollution incident in Groudle River during TT week, the government says.

Manx Utilities and the Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture investigated and the source was identified as a surface water drain, which serves a nearby housing estate.

Samples have been taken and tested.

In total, 110 brown trout were found dead in a 200-metre stretch of river, directly downstream of the pipe and DEFA continue to monitor the area.

A government spokesman said: ‘People are asked to take extra care of what they dispose of down drains, sinks and toilets after a pollution incident killed more than 100 fish in Groudle Glen during TT week.

‘Surface water drains direct water away from places such as roofs, roads and pathways so should never be used to dispose of things like chemicals, paint or bleach.’