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Lennox fish kill a ‘natural event’

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Last Friday at around noon a woman walking on the beach at Lennox Head discovered what the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) says is probably not anything to worry about.

‘It was unbelievable,’ said the woman. ‘No birds were feeding in it and all little fish were dead. There was no smell, so it must have only recently happened.’

The photos show thousands upon thousands of fish, apparently pilchards, wash up on the shoreline.

‘The DPI is aware of a report of fish deaths at Lennox Head on Friday 13 November,’ said a DPI spokesperson.

‘Due to the timing of the event and report, Fisheries Officers were unable to observe the scene and take samples but believe based on photographs of the scene it was a localised, natural event.’

The DPI says fishers should report any fish deaths to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536.

A witness said all little fish were dead and there was no smell. Photo supplied.

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  1. Massive pilchard mortality happened through the 90s across Southern coastlines in Australia. The deaths were linked, as I remember, to a herpes virus found in tonnes of pilchards imported from the USA to feed our new tuna farming ventures. The seafood industry, farmed and wild, is environmentally problematic on multiple levels.

  2. Of course there is nothing to worry about , and don’t frighten the horses!
    I saw on Angel beach last week the toxic scum that was also “just a natural phenomenon” The proximity to the Ballina estuary, notorious for it’s concentration of pesticides , sulphuric acid runoff, does make you wonder what the DPI are hiding. Cheers G”)

  3. There is obviously a problem here and it’s not natural. In 45 years of closely observing the Byron and Ballina Shire Coastline i have never seen or heard of such a massive fish kill.
    Nothing should surprise us though in the marine environment around Lennox Head and Boulder Beach to Flat Rock, as long as we have Ballina Council’s sewage effluent pipeline spewing toxic waste, including bacteria and virus into the pristine waters off Boulder Headland, metres from a Marine Park
    Dave Dane, Ballina


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