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80,000 rainbow trout escape into the sea, so anglers are told to ‘go fishing’

This was the reaction in Denmark when about 80,000 rainbow trout were accidentally released into the Baltic Sea on Tuesday.
This was the reaction in Denmark when about 80,000 rainbow trout were accidentally released into the Baltic Sea on Tuesday. Associated Press

Here’s a whopper of a fishing tale from Denmark.

On Tuesday, a cargo ship traveling from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad crashed into a fish farm on the Horsens Fjord on the Jutland peninsula, causing about 80,000 rainbow trout to escape into the open sea, Reuters reports.

Environmental officials worry that the fish, weighing about 6 pounds, 10 ounces each, could cause all kinds of chaos to sea trout reproduction.

So anglers are being told to grab their gear.

“All sports fishermen should get out there with their gear and start fishing,” Soren Knabe, director of the environmental group Vandpleje Fyn, told a local TV station.

The fishermen don’t have to be told twice.

“I see this as a bit of a tragedy (for the environment), to be honest,” said local angler Ulrik Jeppesen. “But I will probably make a trip or two out there.”

The Copenhagen Post reported the accident with this headline: “Denmark’s goin’ fishin!”

Knabe told the Post that this is the worst possible time for the trout to escape. They’ll make their way into inland rivers and streams looking for food.

“Sea trout are currently coming up into Funen streams to spawn, and sea trout eggs are a favorite food for rainbow trout,” he told the newspaper.

The ones that got away were worth up to $1.5 million, Reuters reports.

The fish farm owner is really fried.

“We will seek compensation from the ship owners,” Tim Petersen, co-owner of the fish farm, told Reuters.

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