Water quality and habitat protection are under threat in the waters of the Glenfinnan and Dingle lakes, in the Republic of Ireland, after local authorities were ordered to ban fishing in the areas.
The Environment Agency (EA) said that since the ban was put in place, the lakes have seen the killing of a total of eight white, fin, red, and blue trout.
The ECA said in a statement that the killing was the result of heavy rain and a strong wind.
“These fish have been killed by fishing equipment, which was placed in the lakes during the storm.
The EA is working closely with the authorities to assess the impact this has on the water quality,” the statement read.
The EA also warned that the lakes were in “extremely low” water conditions, with the maximum concentration of oxygen at 0.9%.
In the same week that the fishing ban was placed, water levels in the Glenvarloch area of Cork had reached dangerously low levels, according to the Irish Times.
The lakes, which have been designated by the Environment Agency as one of the most critical environmental resources in the country, were initially listed as “high risk” but were ultimately rated “medium” by the ECA.
This means that the agency says the risk of the lakes becoming “high or critical” should be reduced.
However, after extensive environmental assessments were carried out, the agency declared that “no significant risks” remain.
The fishing ban is being phased out across the country until further notice.