About 96,000 fish have died at a salmon farm in Norway, due to a chlorine leak in a tank.
Some 15,000 liters of chlorine spilled into the Altafjord, which eventually flowed into the Atlantic Ocean, near the town of Alta, Norwegian Radio reported on Tuesday.
As a result, shares of the Grieg Seafood company fell sharply on the Oslo stock exchange.
A company spokesperson said the chlorine was used to purify the water in which the salmon was farmed, stating that there was no danger to residents.
He also said it was not yet known, how the accident occurred.
Meanwhile, Mayor Monica Nielsen, had demanded clarification on the environmental damage.
The company spokesperson, said that no such incident had occurred since breeding began at the facility, 35 years ago.
In 2005, 95,000 fish had escaped from the farm, after the underwater cages were manipulated. (dpa/NAN)