NRW investigates pollution incident

NRW investigates pollution incident

PUBLISHED: 19 DEC 2016

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is investigating a pollution incident after receiving reports of discolouration of the River Teifi in Ceredigion on Saturday (17 December).

NRW staff testing and cleaning the River Teifi in Ceredigion

UPDATE 17:00, 20/12/16

Ceredigion river pollution

Natural Resources Wales’s (NRW) ongoing investigation of the pollution of the River Teifi in Ceredigion has found at least 1,000 fish have been killed, including salmon and sea trout.

Approximately five miles of the river has been affected.

NRW teams have been working on site to ensure control measures are in place to prevent further pollution, and carry out surveys to assess the impact on fish and other river life.

Gavin Bown, South West Duty Manager for NRW, said:

“The Teifi is one of the most important recreational and net fisheries for salmon and sea trout in Wales, and is vital to the local tourism industry.

“It is also an internationally important Special Area of Conservation for salmon, as well as endangered fish species such as lampreys and bullhead.

“We’ve worked with the Teifi Rivers Trusts and other partners for many years to improve fish stocks, remove barriers to migration, and improve access to angling.

“The fisheries of Wales are iconic and highly valued so it’s devastating when pollution incidents happen, but we’ll work with our partners and do all we can to restore the river as quickly as possible.”

Natural Resources Wales is also working closely with Ceredigion County Council.

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Cabinet member responsible for Lifestyle Services said:

“This is clearly a very serious matter but hopefully a swift response was put in place to reduce the impact of the release of material to the river.

“A major clean-up operation is underway and, hopefully, this should reduce further contamination of water courses.

“The incident clearly has worrying consequences for the ecology of the river but I know that officers from NRW are undertaking detailed assessments to evaluate how significant things will be in the short and longer terms.

“I have received reports from local residents of sightings of dead fish in the river, but we are awaiting further reports from other agencies which will provide a fuller and clearer picture.

“There are concerns amongst local anglers and other groups as the Teifi is so important to the environment, heritage and economy of the counties on both sides of the river.”

UPDATE 18:00, 19/12/16

Further fish killed in Ceredigion river pollution

Natural Resources Wales’s (NRW) ongoing investigation of the pollution of the River Teifi in Ceredigion has found at least 1,000 fish have been killed, including salmon and sea trout.

Gavin Bown, South West Duty Manager for NRW, said:

“Our rivers provide a home to rich, diverse and valuable species of plants and animals so it’s important to deal with pollution as quickly as possible.

“The pollution incident on the River Teifi near Tregaron has had a significant impact on a large stretch of the river downstream.

“As our officers continue to assess the full impact on the river, the number of dead fish discovered is rising.

“The pollution control measures remain in place and we’re investigating the cause of the incident to ensure that no more pollution will enter the river.

“Please report pollution, dead fish or fish in distress to our 24 hour incident line on 03000 65 3000.”

13:00, 19/12/16

NRW investigates pollution incident

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is investigating a pollution incident after receiving reports of discolouration of the River Teifi in Ceredigion on Saturday (17 December).

NRW officers have been to the river and identified the likely source as being from an agricultural site in the Tregaron area.

At least 200 fish have been killed, although it’s likely to be more. Work continues to assess the extent of the impact and investigate the cause of the incident.

Pollution control measures such as bunds are in place to reduce the impact on the river and wildlife.

Gavin Bown, South West Duty Manager for NRW, said:

“Our rivers provide a home to rich, diverse and valuable species of plants and animals so it’s important to deal with pollution as quickly as possible.

“Our officers will continue to assess the full impact on the river and make sure that control measures remain in place until we’re sure that no more pollution will enter the river.

“We’d like to thank the people who reported the incident to our 24 hour incident line on 03000 65 3000.”

 

 
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