Council staff remove dead fish from the Dundowran lagoon yesterday.
Council staff remove dead fish from the Dundowran lagoon yesterday.

Weather blamed for fish kill

ABOUT 100 fish, some up to 60cm in length, have been found dead in a Dundowran lagoon.

After investigating this week, Fraser Coast Regional Council staff believe that a lack of oxygen in the water from no rain and low water levels led to the fish kill near Blue Lagoon Way

The dead fish were removed yesterday afternoon.

The council has installed a pump on a lagoon at Dundowran in a bid to save its watery wildlife.

The pump, which will operate from 7am to 5.30pm and be turned on and off by a nearby resident, will help aerate the water to stop further deaths.

Residents have been urged to stop pumping water from the lagoons and stormwater system to save the wildlife.

“If residents could reduce the amount of water they are pumping from the lagoons this would preserve water levels and save our watery wildlife,” Fraser Coast councillor Sue Brooks said.

“The continuous pumping is lowering the water levels and exasperating the problem.”

Ms Brooks said the lagoons are at the lowest level she had seen them in 11 years.

The pump will not have to run continuously but will operate until there is substantial rain.

FCRC staff believe that for every day the pump works it injects two day’s supply of oxygen into the lagoon.



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