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Environment Protection Authority

EPA investigating fish kill at Ramsgate

Media release: 10 May 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating a large fish kill at Tonbridge St Reserve Ramsgate.

The EPA became aware of the incident following a number of calls to the EPA’s Environment Line this morning, local residents reported seeing hundreds of fish floating in the creek.

EPA officers immediately travelled to the site to investigate and carry out an inspection. The inspection confirmed that thousands of fish of varying sizes and species were being affected including a number of crabs.

The initial site inspection identified a milky white substance in the water. The substance is believed to have contributed to a significant decrease in oxygen levels in the water and is at this staged believed to be the primary cause of the fish deaths.

The EPA is working closely with the Rockdale City Council, Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) and NSW Fire and Rescue to minimise further fish deaths. EPA officers have taken water and fish samples for testing, results won’t be known for a few days.

Anyone with information which they believe may assist the investigation is encouraged to contact the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555.

ENDS

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 10 May 2016