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A few dead crabs scattered on the beach

​Approximately 500 blue swimmer crabs found dead on Belvidere Beach, north of Bunbury.

Friday 25 August 2017

Fisheries investigating Bunbury crab deaths

We have been investigating a marine fish kill event north of Bunbury at Belvidere Beach.

Following a report to FishWatch made by a member of the public of dead blue swimmer crabs along Belvidere Beach, our officers immediately visited the location to assess the situation and collect samples.

Initial estimates indicate about 500 dead blue swimmer crabs have washed ashore. No other dead aquatic animals have been reported or sighted.

On preliminary analysis of the crabs, Fisheries scientists believe the event occurred a few days ago and may be an isolated event.

The samples have been sent to our Fish Health unit for analysis. Results may take up to seven days depending on the tests being undertaken.

We will continue to monitor the area over the weekend and respond to enquiries.

As with all fish kills, we recommend as a precaution people do not collect, handle, or move any dead crabs.

Any fish kills should be reported to FishWatch on 1800 801 507.

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