South Yunderup fish deaths investigation completed
Released 07 Jul 2017
Investigations into the death of approximately 500 bream and herring in the Murray River last month have been completed.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation responded to reports of dead fish in the Murray River between Ravenswood and South Yunderup on 25 June.
An autopsy of the dead fish undertaken by fish health experts at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development revealed that the fish had suffered stress from exposure to poor water quality.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation A/Kwinana Peel Region Manager Bob Pond said the autopsy results were consistent with testing of water samples taken from the investigation area.
“Evidence suggests a heavy organic load associated with recent rainfall, combined with strong outgoing tides, led to a deterioration in water quality,” he said.
Mr Pond said the investigation process was now complete.
The department greatly appreciates the support and assistance of the community and encourages people to report any fish deaths to the FishWatch 24 hour hotline on 1800 815 507.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441