Fisheries have been put on red alert this week after a heartbroken venue owner claimed that her lake was deliberately poisoned in a bid to destroy her livelihood.
Over £50,000 worth of fish died in horrific circumstances at the popular Kingfisher Lakes in Wisbech St Mary, Cambs, less than an hour after a silver car was seen paying a fleeting visit to the fishery in the early hours of the morning.
Frantic venue owner Florence Bliss rushed to the banks of the prolific water only to witness the sickening sight of hundreds of fish, including carp to 40lb gasping for air, bleeding from the gills and sporting ‘exploding blisters’.
Despite desperate efforts from fishery staff, anglers and the local police force, the prized stock couldn’t be saved from the effects of the noxious poison. Despite having invested more than £100,000 in her business, a devastated Florence has now been forced to put Kingfisher Lakes up for sale.
“I’ve no doubt that the destruction was a result of sabotage,” said Florence.
“Within an hour of that car entering the gates, the fish were dying and the car was nowhere to be seen. There was just something not right about the silver saloon – I didn’t see any sign of fishing gear and they parked in the only place where they couldn’t be seen.’
“I can’t believe that someone could have done this. I treat everyone well and don’t have any enemies that I know of. The EA has taken samples of the lake water and hopefully we’ll know what caused this.”
Kingfisher Lakes was one of the most popular venues in the area with pleasure anglers and matchmen alike.
Bill Moat, secretary of Townsend AC, based in March, Cambs, said: “I’ve been involved in this fishing club since 1976 and I’ve never heard of anything so deplorable being done to a fishery. There wasn’t a better fishery around. We really can’t believe what’s happened and our hearts go out to Florence.”