IT'S still not clear what killed a "large number" of fish at Lochore Meadows and warnings to stay away from the water remain in place.

The alarm was raised on Friday August 30 and Fife Council advised visitors and users of the country park to keep out of the loch amid concerns over pollution and water hygiene.

The warning signs went up after around 120 fish were found dead, with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) saying the cause has "not yet been confirmed".

Park manager Ian Laing said: "Sadly the water at Lochore Meadows continues to be out of bounds while investigations continue.

"Water testing is nearing completion to establish why a large number of fish including eels and mussels have died in the loch.

"SEPA have been investigating and, as a precaution, all recreational activities in the loch have been cancelled including canoeing, kayaking and open water swimming.

"We hope to have more information in the next few days and will continue to keep in touch with groups and event organisers who use the loch."

The loch's closure meant that a triathlon due to take place in the country park on Sunday became a duathlon, with around 140 entrants competing in bike and running sections but there was no swimming.

A spokesperson for SEPA, who said they were taking the issue "very seriously", told the Times on Friday that they were "continuing to investigate the deaths of a number of fish and molluscs at Loch Ore".

They added: "The cause of this incident has not yet been confirmed and inspections of the loch have not found any visible signs or odours associated with any pollution.

“SEPA officers have recovered dead fish and molluscs from the loch and have taken further water samples from the loch for analysis.”

A post on the Lochore Meadows Facebook page confirmed: "Please note that the water hygiene warning is still in place at Lochore Meadows.

"As a precautionary measure we are recommending that people do not swim, drink or take fish from the water.

"Dogs should also be kept out of the water. This advice was put in place last week following the death of a number of fish.

"Water hygiene testing is still being carried out and the water events planned for this weekend have unfortunately been cancelled."

Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing said the situation was "very concerning" and urged people to heed the warnings to stay away from the water.