Demise of 1,000 crayfish in Blue Mountains underneath investigation by EPA

The deaths of about 1,000 large spiny crayfish are being investigated by the Atmosphere Safety Authority in a possible air pollution incident within the Blue Mountains this week.

Lots of of useless crayfish have been present in a tributary of Hazelbrook Creek, close to Horseshoe Falls, on Wednesday by a tour information.

Blue Mountains metropolis council workers despatched to research the experiences found as much as 1,000 useless or dying crayfish throughout an space of at the very least 600 metres downstream from the Oaklands Highway and Corridor Parade intersection within the mountain city of Hazelbrook.

The creek drains a subcatchment adjoining to a largely residential space of the city.

The EPA is main the investigation to establish the pollutant together with officers from Blue Mountains metropolis council.

Crayfish carcasses have been taken to an EPA laboratory in Lidcombe the place they’re being examined with a view to figuring out the toxicant and isolating the supply.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill stated in a press release on Thursday that the council would proceed working intently with the EPA on the matter.

The council suggested each people and their pets to keep away from contact with the water within the creek or the affected crayfish till the investigation had decided a reason behind dying for the crayfish.

On Friday, the council stated the investigation had narrowed the potential air pollution supply to a small space throughout the Horseshoe Falls catchment.

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A council spokesperson instructed Guardian Australia it was not conscious that some other wildlife within the space had been considerably affected, however pressured the matter was nonetheless underneath investigation.

Big spiny crayfish are native to Australia and are very susceptible to pesticides, runoff and habitat destruction. It’s unlawful to lure them in Blue Mountains swamps or waterways.

It’s not the primary time they’ve been hit by a air pollution occasion within the space. In 2012, bifenthrin – a toxicant used for termite management – contaminated Jamison Creek within the World Heritage Wentworth Falls space, leading to a equally sized mass crayfish kill, the biggest ever on the time.

The toxicant, which entered the creek by way of stormwater drains, additionally precipitated the dying of different macroinvertebrates within the waterway, and resulted in an enormous discount of aquatic biodiversity, taking the taxonomic households within the creek from 22 down to simply three.

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