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Mystery surrounding fish deaths continues

THE Environment Agency’s investigation into the death of over 1,000 fish in Clackers Brook has drawn a blank about the cause – however, more fish deaths have been reported in Semington Brook.
Last month, the area around Clackers Brook was closed to the public whilst investigations into the deaths took place.
Communications officer for the Environment Agency, Mike Dunning said, “Despite an investigation into this incident, it has not been possible for the Environment Agency to identify the cause. Ammonia and dissolved oxygen levels were normal and there were no signs of pollution.
“Occasionally, fish can die during periods of thundery weather/heavy rainfall when a pollutant can be washed into a watercourse (and quickly disappear downstream) or there is a sudden dip in oxygen levels caused by changes in water temperature.”
Last week, the agency received another report of fish deaths, with between 100 to 150 fish found dead in Semington Brook. Mike Dunning said, “Once again, our officers have checked the river and can find no evidence of pollution or any environmental problems/ changes that may have caused these fatalities. Our investigation on the Semington Brook is ongoing.”

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