THE new rivers season got off to a decent start in most areas but it wasn’t all good news as there were two serious fish kills.

Lots of good fish were caught around the country which appear in the printed Angler’s Mail magazine this week, but lots of rainfall meant it wasn’t plain sailing for everyone.

But there has been very bad news. In Peterborough, Cambridgeshire at least 4,000 fish are known to have died in a deadly pollution and the Environment Agency saved thousands more on the River Nene.

Tens of thousands of fish were seen in distress along the length of affected river after the 5,000 litre chemical spill at the weekend from Orton Southgate industrial estate but the EA flushed extra water through to dilute the pollution.
And on the River Colne in Essex at least 4,000 prime specimens and many thousands of smaller fish died. Invertebrates and flora also perished following a pesticide spill in Toppesfield Brook.

It has affected the Colne downstream from Great Yeldham. At least 10 km of the river has been affected so far down to Colchester. The EA has moved around 6,000 fish to safety so far.
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