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Dead bream

Dead bream

It is with regret that I report that what was meant to be a late afternoons fishing turned out to be an audit of a number of sizable fish that lay washed up on the shore and within the margins of the river. The fish found were all of a good size. One sign that may help in understanding what may have led to their demise was that some of them clearly had sores on their skin.

What had killed these fish is unclear as there were no other smaller fish around which is the usual sign of pollution or where there has been a dump of sewerage in the Thames as in previous years.

Another dead fish

Another dead fish

Having found a rather large carp earlier in the week and now two other good-sized bream I would say that from the state of decomposition, they were all killed on or about the same day. As a matter of course I will advise the Environment Agency and TAC (Thames Angling Conservancy) in order to bring it to their attention. The fish had been subject to scavenging birds, rats and possibly crabs.

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