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Fish struggle in the heat as local rivers warm up

A TYRONE fishery has decided to close for a period due to the impact the current warm weather is having on local waters.

The higher water temperatures mean fish are increasingly stressed and it’s for this reason that Birchwoord Fishery in Drumquin has taken the decision to close until things cool down.

Proprietor Ian Sproule emphasised that his fish are doing well and oxygen levels in the water are “excellent.”

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The fishery is utilising a specialised machine to circulate cooler water at the bottom with warmer water at the top.

However, Mr Sproule is concerned that catch and release angling will cause fish to die out of the water.

He said, “Our water is sitting at 24.2 degrees on average across the ponds – usually at this time of year it is between 16-18 degrees maximum.

“Oxygen levels are also OK, but if anglers were to catch a fish they wouldn’t survive to be released again. It would take too much out of fish in these conditions and they would die so we have had to close to ensure the welfare of the fish.”

Mr Sproule concluded, “We haven’t taken the decision to close lightly and I note that other fisheries are doing the same.”

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