Fourth dead fish in two weeks
DEAD barramundi have been dragged from the surface of a lake at Susan River Homestead.
It is the fourth time dead fish have been found across the Fraser Coast in two weeks.
Homestead owner Norm McLean said his family pulled a handful of the lifeless barramundi out of his property’s front lake a couple of days ago.
Although the lake still had about six feet of water in it Mr McLean considered levels to be low. He thought that, combined with recent hot temperatures, could be to blame for the deaths with a lack of oxygen in the water. He also said the family had not used its speed boat on the lake for some time, which creates oxygen by mixing up the water.
In the next few days Mr Mclean plans to pump oxygen into the lake through a line from the homestead.
It is not known how long the barramundi have been in the man-made lake; however Mr McLean believes they must have swum upstream the last time Susan River flooded.
“It’s a shame when you see things like this.”
Last week there were two cases of dead fish across the Coast and one the week before.
About 40 dead mullet were found in an artificial lake at Burrum Heads on Wednesday, December 2. The Department of Environment and Resource Management investigated and concluded low dissolved oxygen levels, caused by too much organic material, were responsible.
DERM could not confirm why about 200 fish had died and washed up on the beach between Torquay and Scarness on Sunday, November 29, because they were too decomposed.
Low water levels were believed to be the cause of death for another 100 fish in a Dundowran lagoon, found on Friday, November 27.
Fraser Coast councillor Sue Brooks has asked residents to be wary of pumping water out of waterways while levels are so low.