Don't dump pet fish

The Environment Agency's warning the public that unwanted pet fish should not be dumped in streams and rivers because it spreads disease.

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Disease warning as dumped goldfish found in Kent

Around 50 goldfish were found in a stream beside the Great Stour Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is warning the public that ‘pet’ fish and non-native fish should not be placed into their local streams, rivers and lakes because they are breaking the law.

The reminder comes after fisheries officers were called to remove non-native fish found in a stream beside the Great Stour, Kent.

The fish, including at least 50 goldfish, were found by a Mid Kent Fisheries bailiff and reported to the Environment Agency. It is likely that the fish were put into the river from a garden pond.

When ornamental fish are released into rivers they can spread disease and parasites to other fish.

For information about non-native fish, see the Environment Agency’s website.

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