A POND in York has been closed to anglers following reports of several fish deaths.
The mortalities at Chapmans Pond, which have occurred over the last two or three weeks, are thought to be predominantly carp.
The alarm was raised by The Friends of Chapmans Pond, who were concerned that the number of deaths had exceeded what might be normally expected for natural causes.
Environment Agency officers advised the precautionary closure of the pond while samples of the water are tested and live fish are taken to the Environment Agency’s fish health laboratory at Brampton and analysed.
These tests will aim to establish whether there are water quality issues affecting the fish, or the likelihood of disease or parasites being the cause of the deaths.
Laura Hogg, fisheries and biodiversity officer at the Environment Agency, said: “While we carry out our investigations it is important not to stress the remaining fish further, and that is why we have recommended the pond is closed to anglers at this time.
“Until the cause of the deaths is known we are advising anglers to remain vigilant, honour the closure notice and follow the three simple biosecurity steps of check, clean and dry as always to reduce the risk of spreading any potential diseases.”
The Agency is reminding anglers to clean all mud and dirt boots and equipment after leaving a watercourse using
clean hot water and to sterilise them with disinfectant. All kit should be left to dry for 48 hours prior to reuse, preferably in sunlight.
To report a fish in distress, call the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.