The scenic Groomsport reservoir’s a popular spot for local anglers and walkers, but in the sunny last week of August members of the public expecting a relaxing time at the water’s edge were horrified to discover dead and dying fish littering the area.
At the time the Department for Culture, Arts and Learning (DCAL) told the Spectator that 100 fish were killed in the incident – though only after much prodding to get them to admit they were responsible for the animals.
But DCAL now say that they visited Portavoe on August 30, August 31 and September 1, finding a death toll of 94 fish on the first day, 169 on the second and 84 on the third.
Most of the animals were trout, though perch, eels and roach were also caught up in the kill.
Many of the dead fish were infected with lice and a fungus – but despite investigating several leads, DCAL still isn’t sure what caused the incident.