Fish stocks in the lakes of Budapest City Park and Margaret Island were destroyed by the poisoning.
On Wednesday, dog walkers drew attention to the significant amount of dead fish in the lake of Budapest’s City Park. People in the area were trying to warn each other not to let dogs or children touch the water or the fish.
The fish poisoning affects the fish stocks of two lakes in Budapest.
This was due to the cleaning of the Margaret Island lakes that has been going on these past weeks. One of the biggest challenges for the gardeners was saving the fish. Accordingly, their collection lasted for three days, during which they took out the goldfish from the water one by one. As the lake system in the Japanese Garden on Margaret Island had to be drained during the clean-up, the fish were relocated to the lake of Budapest’s City Park.
On Wednesday, however, a chemical of unknown origin and composition was released into the water of the lake, killing all the fish, and the stock temporarily placed there from Margaret Island was also destroyed. Some turtles survived the poisoning, but it is not yet known whether they will make it.
According to the official statement, the dead fish were removed immediately from the territory, and the authorised specialist company took care of their removal and professional destruction.
In a Facebook post, City Park called on people to keep dogs away from the lake. They also added that
there has never been such severe poisoning in the history of City Park.
The operator of the lake, Városliget Plc., started to assess the damage, with the assistance of the competent authorities. After taking samples, laboratory tests were started in order to find out the origin of the poisoning.
As Hungarian news portal Infostart reports, the results will be available in 4-5 days. In addition, the necessary plans and measures for the rehabilitation of the lake will also be developed soon. The competent authorities will do their utmost to restore the lake to its original condition as soon as possible, for which the necessary resources are available.
Source: Euronews, Infostart, Facebook