THOUSANDS of fish have died in a lake at the old Kodak factory in Annesley as a result of pollution.
David Turner, secretary of Nottingham Anglers Association, reported the tragedy at Sherwood Business Park after a phone call from a bailiff at the popular fishing spot where bream, carp and roach are all found.
Officers from the Environment Agency (EA) and Severn Trent Water have drained the lake for sewage treatment and to increase oxygen levels in the water.
Said Mr Turner: “When I got there, it was a scene of utter devastation. Every single fish was dead. The vast majority of the lake bed appeared to be covered in fish. There were some very big carp in the reeds in the margins of the lake.
Mr Turner added that when he investigated a clear discharge coming from a pipe into the lake, he noticed the liquid appeared to have bleached the pipe with algae and moss and there was a ‘vile’ smell.
Nottingham Anglers Association rents the fishing rights to the lake from East Midlands Development Agency (emda), which owns the lake.
The club secretary estimated the value of fish lost to be in the tens of thousands of pounds and added: “It is devastating. They are living creatures.
“They must have suffered terribly before they died.”
Coun Helen Smith (Lib Dem), who represents Annesley at Ashfield District Council, said the EA was still running tests and would keep her updated about the cause.
A spokesman for emda, said: “Until the EA has confirmed the pollutant and has decontaminated the lake, the timing of which is indeterminate at present, the restocking of the ponds cannot be considered.
“As emda is closing down, responsibility for the business park and lake will shortly be transferred to another body. The angling club’s licence expires in September and the renewal of the licence and any re-stocking policy will be the responsibility of the new owners.”
An EA spokesman said: “We quickly located the source of the pollution and this was stopped. “The penstop valve was closed as soon as the dead fish were discovered to stop it spreading further downstream.
“A few thousand dead fish were taken away but it is impossible to know exact numbers because many were small fish.”