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Fish kill investigation at Illawong Beach

Pat McGee was sorry to find a very long line of small dead fish along Illawong Beach when he went for a walk yesterday.
Pat McGee was sorry to find a very long line of small dead fish along Illawong Beach when he went for a walk yesterday. Lee Constable

MACKAY'S Pat McGee was heading out for a regular walk at Illawong Beach yesterday morning, when he came across a disturbing sight.

"There were millions of these little fish, all dead, in a great strand, all along the beach," Mr McGee said.

"The strand of dead fish went for miles, as far as the eye could see," he said.

"I think they are whiting, but am not sure.

"But I would like to know what might have caused this."

However, as the tide was coming in, the fish kill had been washed away before officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection were able to investigate.

"We are investigating reports of dead fish along Illawong Beach in Mackay," the department's executive director Reuben Carlos said.

"While officers have been out to the site, the tide has washed away all of the fish, preventing any samples being taken."

Mr Carlos said the department would continue investigation, but was "unable to determine the cause of the dead fish at this time".

"We would encourage members of the public to report any further sick or dead fish, or evidence of pollution in the area, to the department's hotline on 1300 130 372," he said.

FISH KILLS

Who to call: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Hotline: 1300 130 372

More info: ehp.qld.gov.au

Topics:  fish, illawong beach, investigation


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