PEOPLE in Ashbourne are being asked to keep an eye on the River Dove this week following the death of more than 1,000 fish on one of its tributaries.
Industrial waste is thought to be behind the incident on the River Tean on Tuesday evening and anglers report seeing trout fry, grayling, adult trout, stone loach and bull heads lying “in their thousands” all over the bed of the
A spokesman for the Environment Agency told the News Telegraph: “We are currently dealing with a fish kill on the River Tean in Staffordshire.
“The incident was reported to us yesterday evening and our officers attended the scene shortly after.
“Today we are continuing to investigate the cause, checking and taking samples on the river upstream and downstream of where the incident occurred.
“We are still assessing how many fish have died but early estimates are in excess of 1000.
“Current estimates indicate that approximately 5km of the River Tean has been affected.
“We are also appealing to any anglers who are on the Dove downstream to let us know if there is anything out of the ordinary happening.
“Any information can be reported to us on our 24 hour incident hotline 0800 80 70 60.”