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Environment Protection Authority

Blackwater event at Batemans Bay

Media release: 30 March 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Department of Primary Industries Fisheries investigated a fish kill that occurred at Surfside Batemans Bay and can confirm the incident was the result of a blackwater event.

EPA Manager Regional Operations South East Nigel Sargent said the EPA investigated the incident after a report to the Environment Line.

“An EPA Officer attended the site on Saturday 18 March and observed a number of dead fish. The EPA officer took water samples in Timbarra Creek and on the adjoining beach,” Mr Sargent said.

“The EPA has now received the results of the sampling and can confirm that the fish deaths occurred due to low oxygen levels in the water; this is also known as a blackwater event.

“Blackwater can occur after rain followed by hot weather, in low lying water areas and can result in fish deaths and odours.”

As part of its investigation the EPA contacted the Eurobodalla Shire Council who confirmed that no overflows had occurred at the time from its sewerage system.

The EPA encourages people to report suspected water pollution incidents to the Environment Line on Ph: 131 555.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 30 March 2017