Fishing ban in The Wash

Fishing was suspended in The Wash after thousands of fish died due to a chemical spill.

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Fishing ban in The Wash extended to Thursday

by Natalie Gray

Wednesday was a frustrating day in port for the crews of 30 fishing boats at King's Lynn in Norfolk after they were banned from catching shellfish after a chemical spill.

Thousands of fish were killed after 5,000 litres of pesticides spilled into the River Nene near Peterborough. It's feared fishing grounds in The Wash may now be contaminated where the river flows into the sea.

The Food Standards Agency has halted fishing while it carries out tests and that ban has been extended into Thursday. The fishermen say they're worried about their livelihoods at what should be their busiest time of the year.

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