‘Terrible mess’: Anaerobic digestate kills 10,000 fish in headwaters of salmon spawning ground

Thousands of fish have died in an important salmon spawning headwater as a result of anaerobic digestate entering in the River Mole in north Devon, according to the Environment Agency (EA), which said it was the region’s “largest ever fish kill”.

The agency said yesterday that it had completed its initial assessment into the incident and identified the source and pollutant but that it was continuing to investigate.

More than 5km of the river was affected and approximately 10,000 fish died, according to the agency, but the chief executive of the Rivers Trust Arlin Rickard said it is likely that many more fish would have been affected. 

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