Dead fish float in Piddinghoe Lake amid water troubles

HUNDREDS of dead fish float in the corner of a lake after it was closed for safety reasons.

Water quality at Piddinghoe Lake near Newhaven was described as an “all-time low” by the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club (NSSC) on Wednesday.

It announced the closure of the lake the same day after dead fish had gathered by the hundreds in the reeds.

In a statement on Piddinghoe Parish Council’s website, the NSSC said: “Unfortunately, following the extremely dry weather and sudden downpour, the health of Piddinghoe Lake is at an all-time low.

The Argus: Both large and small fish are affectedBoth large and small fish are affected

“A lot of fish are dying. The Environment Agency is pumping air into the water and there is a strong smell of sewage leaking from adjacent properties.”

She hopes the lake won’t be closed for “too long”.

The area is popular with dog walkers with one person choosing to remain anonymous and saying she was angry to see what happened.

“They’re still here,” they told The Argus on Friday afternoon.

“I am deeply saddened and concerned that this will happen again, I know they are replenishing the lake on a regular basis. It doesn’t look like they care. I am angry.”

The Environment Agency said it has given equipment to fishery owners to get oxygen back into the lake and will continue to work with them.

“Our officials were quick to respond to reports of fish in distress at the Piddinghoe Pond private fishery over the past weekend,” a spokesman said.

The Argus: The Environment Agency has intervenedThe Environment Agency stepped in

“Inspections carried out by our fisheries specialists indicate that while around 100 fish have died, there are no obvious signs of pollution, but investigations are ongoing.”

The local council announced on August 15 that blue-green algae had been found in Piddinghoe Lake.

Blue-green algae can be deadly to dogs and other animals, and people should shower if they come into contact with it.

The NSSC, which is said to own the lake, and a fishing club believed to be responsible for the fish have been asked for comment.

It comes as top-flight veterinarian Marc Abraham said owners should prevent their pets from going into the sea because of recent sewage spills. Dead fish float in Piddinghoe Lake amid water troubles

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