Mystery of dead fish found floating near Fiddler's Ferry

This Is Cheshire: The dead fish The dead fish

HUNDREDS of fish have been found dead in the stretch of water which runs alongside Fiddler’s Ferry power station.

A number of walkers made the upsetting discovery on Friday and are now calling on the council and Environment Agency to act fast.

Angry residents who live nearby say similar problems have happened three times in the past nine months following heavy rainfall and many more times in the past.

One described the water as a ‘soup of dead fish’ after weed appeared overnight and ‘seemed to be taking all the oxygen’.

She said: “Last week the canal took on a strange green hue and there was an excess of duck weed again and an obnoxious smell.

“Then on Friday my husband witnessed hundreds of fish including pike, eels, roach and carp at the top of the water gasping for air.

“It was a desperate sight and after many phone calls nothing useful appears to be happening.

“On Sunday eels that would normally be at the bottom of the canal out of sight are milling around the top trying to get air as they slowly die.

“It is a very sad sight and we are now at a loss as to what can be done.”

Another dog walker said it was a disgrace so many fish had died and claimed the water had not been oxygenated properly by Environment Agency staff.

Ernie Lightfoot, from Penketh, added: “It is not right that this has been allowed to happen again.”

Warrington Borough Council has blamed the problem on the weather encouraging the algae to grow leading to a lack of oxygen in the water.

A council spokesman added that park rangers would be working with the Environment Agency to monitor the situation.

The Environment Agency did not wish to comment.

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7:28pm Thu 16 Aug 12

chrisnevitt says...

algae is the problem there stealing all the oxygen. those poor fish.
algae is the problem there stealing all the oxygen. those poor fish. chrisnevitt

8:19pm Thu 16 Aug 12

moleogod says...

yep its no Mystery
yep its no Mystery moleogod

9:52pm Thu 16 Aug 12

Reader says...

Sad to read but why on earth did the environment agency not want to comment !?! Algae bloom is widely known amongst fishermen to cause a lack of oxegenated water. It can be caused by weather (and ours is rather odd at the moment) and it can also be caused by contaminants in the water. Dead fish feed algea growth too (or so Im told). Surely the EA should at least have made some comment about why or what... or better still say they are actually doing something like using aerators to increase the level of oxygen in the water while they sus out what;s happening before even more fish die from suffocation from whatever it is.
Sad to read but why on earth did the environment agency not want to comment !?! Algae bloom is widely known amongst fishermen to cause a lack of oxegenated water. It can be caused by weather (and ours is rather odd at the moment) and it can also be caused by contaminants in the water. Dead fish feed algea growth too (or so Im told). Surely the EA should at least have made some comment about why or what... or better still say they are actually doing something like using aerators to increase the level of oxygen in the water while they sus out what;s happening before even more fish die from suffocation from whatever it is. Reader

10:50pm Thu 16 Aug 12

bill_paddington says...

Algae blooms can occur naturally especially after long periods of hot weather. Given we've not really had that, it may well have been caused by organic materials such as fertiliser being washed from surrounding fields during the heavy rains. It only takes a bit of fertiliser in a water course to make the algae go into overdrive with devastating results for the fish.
Algae blooms can occur naturally especially after long periods of hot weather. Given we've not really had that, it may well have been caused by organic materials such as fertiliser being washed from surrounding fields during the heavy rains. It only takes a bit of fertiliser in a water course to make the algae go into overdrive with devastating results for the fish. bill_paddington

10:18am Fri 17 Aug 12

WAFiver says...

Sadly it's not new news, http://www.warringto
nguardian.co.uk/news
/whereilive/919683.D
ead_in_the_water/ WBC claimed that raising the water level by a couple of inches to increase water flow would prevent it happening again. Maybe if the Sankey Bridges and Penketh stretches were maintained and managed like the stretch in Sankey Valley park, rather than being fenced off and ignored, it might help.
Sadly it's not new news, http://www.warringto nguardian.co.uk/news /whereilive/919683.D ead_in_the_water/ WBC claimed that raising the water level by a couple of inches to increase water flow would prevent it happening again. Maybe if the Sankey Bridges and Penketh stretches were maintained and managed like the stretch in Sankey Valley park, rather than being fenced off and ignored, it might help. WAFiver

11:03pm Mon 20 Aug 12

choperado says...

Give me a boat and a rake and I'll clear the detritus. It would satisfy the OCD in me.
Give me a boat and a rake and I'll clear the detritus. It would satisfy the OCD in me. choperado

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