Investigation into Lungfish deaths

THE Wide Bay Burnett Environmental Council is participating in a government working group today held to investigate practical ways of reducing Lungfish deaths in Paradise Dam.

Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said he was concerned by findings in the "Downstream Fishway Monitoring Program" Report, released in February, which showed the dam spillway killed more than 700 fish, including 152 Lungfish, in a 22 day period.

The report stated that: "Fish mortalities are occurring during all flows over the Paradise Dam stepped spillway regardless of the flow condition. The cumulative affect [sic] of mortalities of fish passing over the spillway is likely to have a major impact on populations of fish over the longer term."

Mr McArdle who is charing today's meeting said he could not simply wait for the conclusions of a 10-year study to try to do something about fixing the problem.

"A local community will, more likely than not, provide answers to local problems that include the most practical and cost effective way to deal with their issues," Mr McArdle said.

Representatives include those from the Wide Bay Burnett Environmental Council, the Paradise Dam operators (SunWater) and the departments of Energy & Water Supply, Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Fisheries and Natural Resources and Mines.



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