This is happening now: massive fish kill on French - Belgian river 🙁
We all saw it coming, this massive fish kill on the French - Belgian river Escaut (French) / Schelde (Dutch) that is happening right now. Due to a breach in their reservoir, a French factory's sugar beet pulp just went into the river a couple of days ago. Unfortunately the pollution is massive, we've read figures of 100.000 cubic of highly toxic waste flowing into the river, causing huge oxygen problems. Officials say already 87 kilometres of river is completely dead now, and the pollution is still moving downstream, killing everything along its way.
However, there's some positive news too. Flemish and Walloon fishing authorities are working together like never before, doing as much as they can. Local anglers like Quentin Nackart who allowed us to use these images are trying to save as much fish as they can. Today alone, Quentin and his friends saved over 300 pieces, and there's others who did the same. Following expectations, the worst thing is yet to come in Flanders, where the river connects to several big fish canals.
On social media more and more anglers are prepared to offer a helping hand, some are even prepared to risk Covid-19 fines for leaving their home confinement.
For updates, please check out ANB & Sportvisserij Vlaanderen websites.
Let's pray for the best!