Department responds to Collie river fish deaths
Released 02 Feb 2015
The Department of Water has responded to a report of dead fish in the east branch of the Collie River about 7kms east-north east of Collie town site.
Initial estimates are approximately 3000 freshwater cobbler, night fish, marron and redfin perch species had been found dead in the eastern branch of the Collie River off Boys Home Road. There were no other incident reports over the weekend.
The dead fish were reported to the Department of Fisheries by a member of the public on Friday 30 January and officers from the Departments of Water and Fisheries attended over the weekend.
Department of Water South West region manager Adam Maskew said samples of dead fish were collected to undertake pathology tests, and water samples were also taken.
"We have responded quickly to this report following the State fish kill incident response plan, and are working with Fisheries to determine the possible cause of the deaths.
Mr Maskew said the Shire of Collie was also assisting the departments in the response.
Contact with dead fish found in the wild should be avoided and the Department of Health advises against eating or handling of fish found in these circumstances, or fishing or recreating in waterways during a fish kill or algal bloom event.
People are asked to report any fish deaths to the Department of Fisheries Fishwatch on 1800 815 507.
Algal blooms should be reported to ALGALWATCH 08 6250 8064 (office hours).
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441