Inquiry into dead fish claim
THE Department of Environment and Science has carried out an investigation in the Mossman River following reports of dead fish and sediment flowing near Foxton Bridge.
A number of concerned residents reported seeing the river flowing black last week, however a Department spokesman said no contaminants were found when officers attended the site.
“The reported impacts were in the vicinity of excavation works being undertaken under a riverine protection permit,” the spokesman said.
“They did not observe the visible sediments or dead fish referred to in the report the department received. There was no evidence on the site of the release of other contaminants (as a result of the earthworks), such as the disturbance of acid sulfate soils or other issues that would indicate that any material or serious environmental harm had occurred.”
The excavator was contracted by Mackay Sugar.
The works were completed last week.
Mossman Mill manager Phil Miskin said it was a simple job located near a railway bridge.
“It was there to repair a washout on a river bank cause by the floods from earlier in the year,” he said.
“The bank had washed out, it wasn’t a big job, it was just shifting some sand.”
A Douglas Shire Council spokesman said they would investigate any reports of potential environmental impacts to the Mossman River.
The department referred the matter to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and council.
The department also stated there have been no further reports of water quality impacts and fish deaths from the site.
Reports of pollution events and fish kills can be reported to the Department on 1300 130 372.