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EPA Eel and Fish Death Investigation Update

20 January 2009
The Environment Protection Authority has provided an update into the investigation regarding the discovery of dead juvenile eels (elvers) and juvenile fish in the Pieman River near Rosebery last week. EPA Director Warren Jones says the EPA has been advised by the Inland Fisheries Service that the service recently released a large number of elvers into Lake Pieman. "The Inland Fisheries Service has advised the EPA that around 50 kilograms of elvers collected from the Trevallyn Dam were transported and released into Lake Pieman on the 9th of January," Mr Jones said. "The release included an unknown number of elvers which did not survive the transport." "I have been informed that there were also some dead juvenile fish which would have been part of the by-catch from the elver harvest included in the release." "It appears most likely this is the reason for the large number of deaths reported to the EPA last week," Mr Jones said. An officer representing the EPA travelled to the area near Rosebery last Thursday and took water and fish samples for testing in the labs. Those results are expected sometime later this week.