Concerns about fish kills in Queen’s Park pond in Brighton

PEOPLE are worried about fish dying in a park pond after hot weather – but the council said they shouldn’t be there at all and have been dumped illegally.

Several Crucian carp have died by the pond in Queen’s Park in West Drive, Brighton.

It comes after water levels dropped about a foot after hot temperatures over the weekend.

One woman said it was “so sad to see all the dead fish,” while others called the fire department to get the pond refilled.

The Argus: A dead fish in the pond, pictured Monday 11th JulyA dead fish in the pond pictured Monday 11th July

Brighton and Hove City Council is encouraging people not to throw fish into the city’s ponds due to factors such as hot weather and low levels of oxygen in the water.

Richard James, who lives near Queen’s Park, said: “Over the past few days we have had to remove a lot of dead fish as the water is dropping off and as the pond is polluted with silt and lack of water movement I would suspect there were fish are suffocating.

“There are many fish that live, but as drops of water we will see even more die.”

The Argus: The pond is filled with filtered highway runoffThe pond is filled with filtered highway runoff

A City Parks email seen by The Argus noted that the fish are being “illegally dumped” by the public.

The pond is naturally filled by filtered drains in the area, but due to the hot weather and lack of rain, the pond’s water level has dropped.

It also doesn’t have running water to keep it oxygenated.

Brighton and Hove City Council is putting up signs to warn people not to dispose of “unwanted fish” like those in the pond. There are also turtles in the pond that have been dumped.

The Argus: The water level has dropped significantlyThe water level has dropped significantly

Council park rangers removed the dead fish from the pond.

A council spokesman said: “We appreciate that many residents are upset that fish are dying in the Queen’s Park pond at the moment.

“Ultimately, the problem is the hot, dry weather we’ve had.

“Our chalk ponds are not fed by streams. The water comes from the highway runoff, which is passed through filters before filling the pond.

The Argus: Dozens of dead fish have been sighted at the pond in the past few daysDozens of dead fish have been spotted at the pond in recent days

“In this way, the water in these ponds evaporates slowly, even with the best of intentions, if the drought lasts for a long time.

“Fish kills are usually due to low oxygen levels, often associated with algal bloom die-offs due to hot weather.

“There should be no fish in the ponds in our parks for precisely these reasons.

The Argus: A submitted image of another dead fish in the pondA submitted picture of another dead fish in the pond

“But unfortunately some people unleash their unwanted fish inside them.

“A short-term movement of the fish is extremely difficult due to national regulations for disease testing.

“Filling the pond with tap water would be extremely expensive and would cause another algal bloom that would further deprive it of oxygen.

Der Argus: According to the council, filling the pond with tap water is not an optionAccording to the municipality, filling the pond with tap water is not an option

“We will put up signs by the pond to discourage people from throwing their fish in there.

“Due to the global climate catastrophe, problems with extreme weather and increasingly hot weather are only getting worse.

“This underscores the importance of our commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.” Concerns about fish kills in Queen’s Park pond in Brighton

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