60,000 fish dead due to pollution in a canal in Leicestershire, England

Pollution kills 60,000 fish in canal

Up to 60,000 fish have died in a massive pollution incident on a five mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal. They were poisoned by a suspected leak of farm slurry from waterside land somewhere between Kilby Bridge and Kibworth.  But action by the Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency and Natural England has saved more than 100,000 fish. They were alerted nearly four weeks ago after large numbers of dead fish were seen floating in the water.  They closed the polluted section of the canal and started pumping air into the water. They removed surviving fish northwards along the canal towards Bumblebee Lock, near Kilby Bridge. A spokeswoman for the Canal and River Trust said: “In total we think about 50 to 60,000 fish died. “ Thankfully we did manage to save more fish that we think have died. The numbers for this are in the region of about 100,000 fish.” The trust’s acting waterway manager Neil Owen said: “It is going to take time for the fish stocks to recover but hopefully over time the fish relocated further along the canal will make their way back to this stretch of canal.” More