Fishers protest against Government response to Cockburn Sound fish deaths

Posted December 12, 2015 17:50:12

Recreational fishers and conservationists have urged the Western Australian Government to take action to ensure a mass fish death in waters off Perth’s south will not take place once again.

Around 200 people have attended a protest on the Rockingham foreshore, expressing anger at the Government’s response to the deaths in Cockburn Sound.

Far more than two,000 fish from much more than a dozen species have died in the area in recent weeks.

Mystery surrounded the circumstances of those deaths for weeks, before the Government announced recently it believed an algal bloom was accountable.

But some men and women at the protest expressed their doubts about the accuracy of that claim, while also saying the Government’s response to the deaths was slow and inadequate.

“We held the rally simply because we wanted answers to questions due to the fact they have not been answered adequately,” a rally organiser Tim Barlow said.

“If the Government’s response to this had been timely, proportional and transparent we wouldn’t be right here today.”

Mr Barlow mentioned he believed there was further information to come out about the deaths and demanded action to avoid it from happening once more.

There have been also fears from some at the protest that the Mangles Bay marina improvement, on the Point Individual peninsula, would worsen water high quality in the sound.

Labor leader Mark McGowan said there necessary to be an independent inquiry into the incident.

He mentioned there was clear neighborhood doubt more than the answers the Division of Fisheries provided.

“I feel folks are now a bit disbelieving of the answers that are becoming provided … individuals would like far more assurances than what’s been offered,” Mr McGowan mentioned.

“Several people’s social lives and recreational lives depend on the sound and the atmosphere of the sound is extremely important, which is why we want to get to the bottom of what has gone on.”

Fisheries Minister Ken Baston stated the Government was continuing to closely monitor the situation.

“The Department will be functioning closely with the recreational and industrial sectors to monitor fish stocks,” Mr Baston stated in a statement.

“Testing for the microscopic algae responsible for the current fish kill is also continuing.”

Topics: fish, atmosphere, perth-6000

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