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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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$15m to prevent far more fish deaths in WA’s South West

Posted December 08, 2015 22:26:35

A lot more than 30 projects costing practically $ 15 million will get underway to boost water top quality problems in a South West water catchment, plagued by a number of huge fish kills.

About 10,000 fish had been killed in the Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary final year by a toxic algae bloom, right after the same quantity died the earlier year.

The projects contain installing an oxygenation planter, which will improve oxygen in the water, and functioning with local farmers to minimize nutrient run-off.

The State Government’s Royalties for Regions fund will contribute $ 7.15 million, and partner agencies will contribute $ 7.65 million to carry out the projects more than four years.

The projects have been generated by a taskforce set up in response to the mass fish kills.

Water Minister Mia Davies mentioned the estuary’s management had been problematic till then simply because there had been so several agencies involved in distinct elements.

“Actually acquiring everyone to sit down and identify who was responsible for what, possessing ownership for parts of the program, and actually then identifying projects that have been going to make has been a massive component of the dilemma,” she mentioned.

“That’s what this taskforce was about, to accomplish a genuine sense of goal with each other.”

It included representatives from the Division of Water, Water Corporation, City of Busselton, GeoCatch and Western Dairy.

Ms Davies will be handing over her function as chair of the Vasse Taskforce to deputy chair and local Member for Vasse Libby Mettam.

Ms Mettam said there had been a lot of community concern about the fish kills.

“It was an issue that was raised consistently with me for the duration of the election campaign, and I feel that’s where environmental issues sit now,” she said.

“It is neighborhood, financial, and it is an outcome that we all require to see delivered.”

Subjects: fishing-aquaculture, fish, water, vasse-6280

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Fisheries minister contradicts own department on fish kill

Posted December 04, 2015 23:57:43

WA Fisheries Minister Ken Baston has contradicted advice from his personal division, saying he would not advise individuals eat fish from Cockburn Sound.

More than two,000 fish have died in the region in recent weeks and authorities are nevertheless trying to recognize what brought on the deaths.

The Division of Fisheries had advised people not to swim or fish in impacted area, but one week ago mentioned both activities had been once again safe.

Speaking on ABC 720 Drive, Mr Baston stated he was not conscious his department had offered the “all clear” for fishing.

“I wasn’t conscious fishing was there once more … I will check up on that straight away,” he stated.

The Minister was then asked regardless of whether he believed it was secure to fish in the location.

“Till we locate out precisely what the disease is, I would find it difficult to advise to somebody that you could consume the fish and go and do every thing else,” he stated.

Mr Baston stated he would ask his department how it came to the selection to deem fishing protected in the area.

The Minister was additional pressed on why he was not aware of his department’s suggestions on the problem.

He explained he received a verbal briefing every day but he did not have one particular on Friday, except for an update on the number and varieties of fish killed.

Time for Minister to go: Opposition

The State Opposition’s water spokesman Dave Kelly has named for Mr Baston to be sacked.

“It is extraordinary for a minister to be contradicting his personal division on such an important public safety problem,” Mr Kelly stated.

“He is clearly not across the issue.

“For him not to be conscious that his department had given the public the all clear to eat fish from Cockburn Sound is just extraordinary.

“The only way to restore the community’s self-confidence that this crucial situation is going to dealt with effectively is if the Premier provides it [to] a new minister to deal with it.

The newest update from Division of Fisheries states test results to date show no evidence of algal or industrial toxin involvement but point towards an, as yet, unknown all-natural occasion as the result in of the fish kill.

Topics: fish, science-and-technology, wa

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Fish kill investigation concentrate moves to water quality

Posted December 03, 2015 17:58:19

Scientists investigating the deaths of more than 1,000 fish at Cockburn Sound, south of Perth, say early tests recommend environmental variables are most likely to blame.

The dead fish initial washed up in late November.

This week there have been more reports of big numbers of dead blowfish and snapper near the Garden Island Causeway and Point Peron boat ramp.

Division of Fisheries researcher Dr Michael Snow said disease had been ruled out as a feasible cause.

Tests on the fish for much more than 120 chemical substances had been nonetheless underway, but had so far not made any outcomes.

Dr Snow said the concentrate of the investigation was now on water top quality.

“Developing evidence is indicating that it could effectively be a natural event,” he said.

“Algal blooms, anything leading to dissolved oxygen, or it could be an boost in turbidity.

“Something that influences the gills of the fish as it swims via the water.”

Dr Snow stated he was certain it was safe to swim in the location and also protected to eat fish caught in the impacted waters.

Regional fishermen are keen to get a definitive answer about what caused the deaths and say they are concerned about the extended-term implications on general fish stocks.

Justin Smith from the Mangles Bay Fishing Club mentioned the deaths had occurred in the middle of the pink snapper breeding season.

“It couldn’t have occurred at a worse time,” Mr Smith stated.

“What occurs in our sound right here affects the whole coast because the snapper migrate to different components of the coast.

“We just want to get to the bottom of it, really.”

West Australia’s Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said typical monitoring was needed to ensure events of this variety did not take place once more.

The Government-funded Cockburn Sound Management Council had supplied that monitoring function until it was closed two years ago.

Mr McGowan said the Government required to take duty for the fish deaths.

“If there was typical, ongoing monitoring of the sound as was the case for the duration of the Labor years, then maybe we would have recognized what was taking place and we would have seen it coming,” Mr McGowan stated.

Premier Colin Barnett said the deaths had been distressing but was confident scientists would decide the cause soon.

Subjects: environment, marine-biology, fish, rockingham-6168

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Canola spill happened near internet site of Perth mass fish deaths: Government

Posted December 03, 2015 09:55:39

A dead snapper in the sand at Cockburn Sound. Photo: A dead snapper at Cockburn Sound, where poor water quality is believed to have killed off as a lot of as 14 various species of fish. (Supplied: Recfishwest)
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A grain spill occurred near the web site of a mass fish death in Perth’s south around the very same time the fatalities began occurring, authorities have said.

Investigators are nonetheless unsure what caused the deaths in Cockburn Sound, with as several as 14 species of fish affected since they were very first noticed final month.

The Department of Fisheries believes a water top quality issue is responsible, but has been unable to identify a single definitive lead to.

Nevertheless the State Government has told Parliament that a canola spill occurred at the Kwinana Grain Jetty sometime amongst November 18-22.

The fish deaths had been initial noticed early on November 19.

“Even though this was cleaned up by Co-operative Bulk Handling, some may have entered Cockburn Sound,” Mental Wellness Minister Helen Morton told Parliament, answering on behalf of Environment Minister Albert Jacob.

“Analysis benefits of grain from this vessel from the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture indicates there had been no pesticides present in the samples taken.”

Authorities also confirmed they had received reports of individuals experiencing adverse reactions after swimming in Cockburn Sound, although some fishermen had raised concerns more than the impact on other wildlife.

Shooters and Fishers MP Rick Mazza, who has been questioning the Government on the dilemma in Parliament, said he was increasingly worried.

“It is truly concerning there has been a spill, particularly around these dates, and it is truly important there is a multi-agency investigation to see if there is any correlation in between the two,” Mr Mazza said.

Subjects: fishing-aquaculture, fish, states-and-territories, perth-6000, kwinana-beach-6167

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