Prosecution checks fish farm abstraction

The National Rivers Authority (NRA) has successfully prosecuted a fish farm and its manager for discharging too much effluent. The case achieved the NRA's primary objective of curbing the farm's abstraction from the river Test.

NRA monitoring in April showed that the Ettrick Trout Company's fish farm at Nursling, near Southampton, was discharging 24 million gallons of effluent over 24 hours - more than double its consent limit of 10 million gallons.

The NRA brought a prosecution under Section 107 of the Water Act 1989 against both the firm and its manager. The defence told Southampton Crown Court that the framing of the charges was incorrect, since it was water

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