Shropshire Star

Dead fish pulled from Newport canal in droves after oxygen level plunges

An "oxygen crash" has contributed to the deaths of fish in Newport's canal, prompting a multi-agency response.

Concerned Newport resident Ken Hughes

Last week residents reported finding dozens of dead fish in the canal basin in the town centre after an issue with pollution caused a drop in oxygen which left them gasping for air.

Following a visit from the Environment Agency, the Telford Angling Association stepped in to pump oxygen back into the water.

Newport canal

Newport resident, Ken Hughes, 81, said he witnessed a member of the fishing association filling two bags with deceased fish on Saturday.

"I've lived by the canal all my life, so I visit it quite often," he said. "I've never seen anything like it."

Newport canal