Hundreds of fish found dead in a creek in Queensland, Australia

Mackay Recreational Fishing Alliance president Lance Murray with some of the dead fish at Reliance Creek.

THE reason why hundreds of fish died in Reliance Creek, Habana, is still unknown.

Officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection were at the site yesterday.

An EHP spokesman said it was important a thorough investigation was conducted at the freshwater creek.

“Officers took fish and water samples to help in the investigation,” he said.

“No further details are available at this stage.”

Mackay Recreational Fishing Alliance president Lance Murray said the site looked like the scene of a “plane crash”.

“There are dead fish everywhere,” he said.

“There are several different types of fish including barramundi, catfish and more.”

Mr Murray said he was surprised by the large number of fish in the creek.

“It’s a real shame to see them go to waste,” he said.

“We also found a massive barramundi.

“Who would have thought you could catch a 900 millimetre barra in Reliance Creek.”

Mr Murray said he believed the fish kill was due to a “natural phenomenon”.

“The rain we’ve had in the last couple of days has turned the vegetation in the water upside down,” he said.

“This has then taken all the oxygen out of the water.

“This is my first best guess.”

As a safety precaution, EHP has advised people to stay out of the creek and not to take any of the fish to eat.

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