15 January 2009
The Environment Protection Authority is investigating the discovery of a large number of dead eels and fish in the Pieman River near Rosebery on the state's west coast.
EPA Acting Director John Mollison says EPA officers received a report about the find last night.
"An officer travelled to the area today and found a large number of juvenile eels and trout in Lake Pieman, downstream of Rosebery," Mr Mollison said.
"Water and fish samples have been taken today for testing in the labs and the results are expected to be known sometime next week."
Mr Mollison said the West Coast Council has confirmed that the Pieman River is not the source of drinking water for Rosebery.