3000 fish retrieved

AROUND 3000 dead, rotting fish were retrieved from the Vasse estuary at Wonnerup last Sunday.

Despite the big effort by a few locals, one of those who took part in the cleanup, FAWNA member Phillip Moore said there were still a lot of dead fish in the estuary.

The big cleanup, which was organised by local Howard George, was carried out by only 11 volunteers, after the city stopped the official cleanup.

“We collected around 1800 dead fish from the banks, while another 1200 were retrieved in Howard’s tinnie,” Phillip said.

“This means that only about 30 per cent of the fish kill was collected overall,” he said of FAWNA’s calculated 45,000 fish deaths.

The relevant agencies involved with the estuary met for a debriefing with city officers yesterday, and their findings will be presented on Friday.

“The group discussed the potential causes of the fish deaths, including pathology results, and looked at the response of all agencies involved,” the city’s director of planning and development services Paul Needham said.