Fish kills are a common occurrence in the tropics. Fish kills can occur throughout the year but are most common during the build up and beginning of the wet. Fish kills generally occur at this time of year from oxygen deficiency in the water. Low oxygen levels can be caused by early rains through the influx of water mixing the anoxic bottom layer of water with the rest of the water column or by washing rotting organic matter into waterways. Another common cause of fish kills is chemical spillages in our waterways.
Fish kills are most commonly found and reported by recreational fishermen and tourists.
If you witness any fish kills please report to the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries on: 0413381094 as soon as possible.
This will enable a quick response and investigation into the cause of the kill.