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Fungas Infected salmon

You may be aware that we have seen a number of incidences of heavy fungal infections on salmon, sea trout and brown across a range of different rivers over the last few months. These have been particularly severe in the South West and have led to mortalities of fish in some cases. The attached picture gives you an idea of the type of fungal infection we are seeing.

Nationally we are establishing a picture of the extent of these outbreaks and I wanted to check with you that we have not seen any similarly infected fish on the Frome and Piddle? From the information that I have we haven’t seen any fungal infections as severe or widespread as those seen on other rivers.

A quick response one way or another would be appreciate as the information is needed by National colleagues and the end of next week.

Kind regards
Andy Martin
Fisheries Technical Specialist
Wessex (Blandford)
01258 483324

Environment Agency
Rivers House
Sunrise Business Park
Blandford Forum
DT11 8ST