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Thursday 11 June 2020

Fish Kill Notification for Safety Bay, near Bent Street

​​Update to Fish Kill Notification
- 11 June, 2020 at 8.40am

Investigations continue into this Safety Bay fish kill in an area known as the Pond, near Bent Street, which is thought to have affected around 100 crabs, eels and fin fish. 
 
There were no significant bacteriology findings from the water and sediment samples, namely, no evidence to support sewage contamination.  There was also no evidence of pesticides from the toxin screen.
 
Further results are expected in coming weeks and a final update will then be posted here.
 
Fish kills should be reported to FishWatch. This Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development service operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on 1800 815 507.

Update to Fish Kill Notification
- 22 May, 2020 at 5.40pm
 
Investigations continue into this fish kill, which has now ended and is thought to have affected around 100 crabs, eels and fin fish.  
 
Analysis of water samples collected by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) indicated that no harmful algal species were observed at densities of concern.
 
Analysis of water samples collected by the City of Rockingham returned results within acceptable water quality guidelines and the City of Rockingham has no potential concerns for swimmers or recreational water users. 
 
The general conclusion from DPIRD’s pathology analyses is that there has been an accumulation of detritus in the area, resulting in localised poor water quality issues. Further results are expected in coming days and updates will be issued when further information is available.
 
Fish kills should be reported to FishWatch, which operates 24 hours a day / 7 days a week on 1800 815 507.

Fish Kill Notification
- 14 May, 2020 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), assisted by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), has been investigating a fish kill near Bent Street, Safety Bay.

The fish deaths were reported today and involve approximately 50 eels and a small number of crabs along the edge of the area known as the Pond, near Bent Street.

Eel, crab and water samples were obtained by DPIRD and DBCA and will undergo laboratory testing in order to determine what has caused the fish kill.

The situation will continue to be monitored and updates will be issued when further information is available.

In the meantime we urge people to stay safe by following the general Department of Health fish kill advice:

  • not to swim in areas of water with large numbers of dead and decomposing fish because they may contain high levels of bacteria and have an objectionable odour;
  • not to fish in water with large numbers of dead fish;
  • temporarily not to collect or consume fish from the waters near a fish kill;
  • not to collect and use dead fish for bait or consumption because of the risk of high levels of bacteria; and
  • not to allow pets and other animals to come into contact with dead or decomposing fish either in the water or on shore.

Fish kills should be reported to our FishWatch 24-hour hotline on 1800 815 507.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
DPIRD is responsible for responding to fish kill events that occur in ocean environments, but when necessary we work together with other WA Government departments.

The Department of Water and Environment Regulation manages investigations on fish kills that occur in estuaries, rivers and naturally occurring inland water bodies.

In both circumstances, DPIRD’s laboratories carry out testing of any fish samples assessed as suitable for that purpose to determine if diseases are present. This can take some time and it may not be possible to identify a single definitive cause, but every effort is made to establish probable factors.


DPIRD officer Clint Wadley checking the fish kill location at Safety Bay

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