Dead fish in the Gooseponds Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Dead fish in the Gooseponds Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

VIDEO: Hundreds of fish found dead at Mackay's Gooseponds

UPDATE: The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection received a report from a member of the public this morning that a large number of fish were deceased in Janes Creek, North Mackay.

Officers are currently on site investigating.   It is too early to comment on the likely cause of the deaths at this stage.   Members of the public are encouraged to report further fish deaths to the department's pollution hotline on 1300 130 372.

EARLIER: Hundreds of dead fish were discovered at the Gooseponds this morning.

Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance presidents Lance Murray said poor water quality has led to the death of thousands of fish at the Gooseponds.

 "This has been and annual event and will continue to be an annual event until something is done," he said.

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"It's about water quality and weeds taking oxygen from the water.  These Gooseponds need permanent fountains inside them to oxygenate the water.

"I have been down here every year for 10-15 years and this is the worse I have seen it." 

Dead fish in the Gooseponds Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Dead fish in the Gooseponds Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Mr Murray said most of the fish killed were predator species, such as Barramundi that would only increase the problem of talapia in the waterways.

Dead fish in the Gooseponds Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Dead fish in the Gooseponds Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Talapia is a pest species that has decimated the ecosystem at the goose ponds. 

"We've invested $20,000 in seeding stock in here.  Whilst they are not all killed it is a pretty sad reflection of the water quality," he said.  

Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage is being contacted for comment.


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