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700 dead fish found washed up in Australia

November 23, 2015 | Comment icon 9 comments

Nobody knows what has been killing the fish. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Cassarazzi
Mystery surrounds the deaths of several hundred fish found along the shoreline to the south of Perth.
The fish, which appeared to belong to several different species, were found by Department of Fisheries officers following reports from members of the public.

Fisheries Aquatic Environment manager Rae Burrows has stated that little is known at this point however water samples have been sent away for analysis with the results expected next week.
"We appreciate the help from those people who have called the FishWatch reporting line in the last few days, with sightings of dead fish," he said. "The earlier we hear about fish kill events, the better chance we have of taking suitable samples that will help us establish what the cause might be."

Recfishwest, a local recreational fishing organization, posted on its Facebook page that the unexplained demise of the region's marine life was "extremely concerning."

"Immediate action must be taken to find the source of these mystery fish deaths," it wrote.

Source: WA Today | Comments (9)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by AustinHinton 7 years ago
I say the suspects are gas, toxic waste, or chemicals.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ashotep 7 years ago
Fish, dophins, whales washing ashore dead, this seems to be happening more all the time. If the ocean were suffering from cancer I wonder what stage it would be at right now.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Goodnite 7 years ago
Fish, dophins, whales washing ashore dead, this seems to be happening more all the time. If the ocean were suffering from cancer I wonder what stage it would be at right now. A lot of this is caused by ultra low frequency testing done by the worlds navies.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Aardvark-DK 7 years ago
If it was 700.000 I would be worried...but let's keep a perspective here... Can't we sell them as sushi to the Japanese ?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
If I had to hazard a guess, the cause could be Dinoflagellates, sngle celled organisms that are responsible for fish kills in the Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Certain species cause red tide, producing a toxin deadly to many kinds sea life, not only fish and the fact that multiple species are affected suggests a toxin. It could also be some other type of algae bloom in the area which can seriously deplete oxygen levels in the water for miles around, causing fish to die of 02 starvation.
Comment icon #6 Posted by GreenmansGod 7 years ago
Usually when that happens here in Florida it is red tide.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nnicolette 7 years ago
I have heard of that goodnite. I think i first heard it from the discovery channels mermaid series but shame on the navy this needs to stop. They already know it kills everything in the vicinity why do they keep doing it and so secretly...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin 7 years ago
It has been known for commercial fishing vessels to throw a stick of dynamite over the side, to deter predatory fish/seals etc from interfering with potential shoals and net lines, its also been known for certain illegal fishing boats to use the dynamite to stun/kill thousands of fish with the purpose of skimming them from the water with surface nets, either way this sounds like the repercussions of explosives and the fish have washed ashore
Comment icon #9 Posted by seeder 7 years ago
ppfffttt.... thats nothing Ive seen more than that at my supermarket....

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