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25,000 fish killed on Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Thousands of fish have died and thousands more are at risk after Tuesday's storm tides sent seawater flooding into our rivers.

Environment officials are working to calculate the damage done to the sensitive Broads system in Norfolk and Suffolk

Dead fish alongside the river at Acle Credit: ITV Anglia

It's estimated around 25,000 fish died as a result of Tuesdays storm, the majority of those, about 20,000 in one dyke at Acle.

Strong winds and high tides led to some serious flooding witnessed by holidaymakers

"Hundreds and hundreds of dead fish, mainly small ones, just floating up the rivers. The seagulls were having a whale of a time but yes it was a great shame but apparently it was caused by the tidal surge and the salt water coming into the river."

– Mandy Thomas, Holidaymaker

The Salt water incursion killed the freshwater fish.

Fish specialists at the Environment Agency have been on the River Thurne in Norfolk monitoring the current levels of seawater and checking fish stocks.

Dead fish in the river Credit: ITV Anglia

Angling is worth around a hundred million pounds to the local economy.

"A lot of the anglers who've been around and fishing for say 40 or 50 years have said quite regularly the fishing now is as good as its ever been which is fantastic and whilst it's always sad to see these fish mortalities on the whole we're very hopeful that next year the fishing will be very very good."

– Steve Lane, Environment Agency

The Environment Agency are also checking a boatyard in Potter Heigham.

Fish specialists using sonar equipment Credit: ITV Anglia

Sonar equipment on their boat gives them an accurate assessment of what's underneath.

"Seeing some of the effects of the saline incursion yesterday were pretty heart wrenching at times and obviously we want to do as much as we can for the fish to try and hep them survive."

– Tom Howard, Environment Agency
Anglers at Loddon Credit: ITV Anglia

In Loddon anglers found there wasn't a shortage of fish in the River Chet as they were taking refuge trying to escape the salt water.

"There was more fish than there was water really, it was just solid with fish, big fish and small. There was a lot of good fish and there was some young boys up there catching big fish, they were just fighting over each other to get out of the salt."

– George King, Angler

Anglers are being urged to tell the Environment Agency is they see any signs of dead fish.

Click below to watch our report from Malcolm Robertson