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Breathnach concerned over deformed and diseased fish found in local rivers

Breathnach concerned over deformed and diseased fish found in local rivers
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Local TD Declan Breathnach raised the issue of deformed and diseased fish in local rivers with Minister Sean Canney in the Dáil on Tuesday evening.

Large numbers of fish have been found in the Boyne, Castletown, Dee and Fane rivers that appeared deformed or diseased.

Pictures of deformed fish found in local rivers

Concerned by the matter, Deputy Breathnach raised the matter in Leinster House.

The Fianna Fáil TD said: “I have been contacted by Fishing and Angling Clubs in Louth who told me they had found a number of fish with scars, growths and ulcers on them. There are very serious concerns about the risk of this disease spreading to humans.

“Fishing and Angling Clubs have sent photos and videos of the fish to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) but have been left unsatisfied with the responses they have received. Unfortunately Minister Canney confirmed in the Dáíl to me that the Department of the Environment had not identified this disease as of yet.

“For now, Minister Canney stated anyone who catches diseased fish should follow normal biosecurity procedures and disinfect tackle, waders and equipment. Anglers are also advised to contact IFI’s 24 hour confidential hotline at 1890 34 74 24.”

Deputy Breathnach added: “I hope this disease is identified quickly and we can stop the spread of this unknown disease.”