Fisheries and Marine Officers investigating Safety Bay fish kill

Fisheries and Marine Officers investigating Safety Bay fish kill

FISHERIES and Marine Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are investigating a fish kill in Safety Bay.

Following a report of dead sea mullet made by a member of the public to the FishWatch reporting line yesterday , Fisheries Marine Officers immediately visited the location to assess the situation.

Estimates indicate about 150 dead sea mullet and a small number of dead jellyfish along a 400m stretch of beach between Malibu Road and Donald Drive in Safety Bay.

All observed fish along the beach were badly decomposed and not suitable for sampling.

No other dead aquatic animals have been reported or sighted.

The department will continue to monitor the area and respond to enquiries.

As with all fish kills, the department recommends as a precaution people not collect, handle, or move any dead fish.

The department reminds anyone not to swim or fish in water that looks discoloured, murky, or smells unpleasant, or where there are large numbers of dead fish or other animals.

The public’s involvement is a very important part of the department’s Fish Kill response program.

The earlier the department hears about fish kill events, the better chance to respond and take suitable samples that will help establish what the cause might be.

Any fish kills should be immediately reported to our FishWatch on 1800 815 507. For more information visit www.fish.wa.gov.au.

Advise for fish kills:

– 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.

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