DPIRD launch investigation into massive fish kill reported in Ningaloo Marine Park
An investigation has been launched into fish kills in parts of the Ningaloo Marine Park from Exmouth through to Coral Bay, with some 16,000 dead fish counted this morning.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development reported on March 28, slicks on the water and dead fish had been observed at Turquoise Bay and Yardie Creek along with fish kill reports from Bills Bay in Coral Bay.
As of the morning of March 28, 16,000 dead fish had been counted.
The report said the deaths could be possibly associated with a coral spawning event.
A statement by DPIRD said officers were assessing the size of the fish kill, and suitable fish and water samples would be collected for laboratory testing if possible.
The statement urged people to stay safe around fish kills and to not 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.
It also warned people to temporarily not to collect or consume fish from the waters near a fish kill and to not allow pets and other animals to come into contact with dead or decomposing fish either in the water or on shore.
People are urged to report fish kills to Fishwatch on 1800 815 507 and provide information regarding the location, number of dead fish and the species if possible.
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