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Question: Coorong Fish Deaths

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The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Supplementary: what was the earliest date this year there was a mass fish kill in the South Lagoon?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am happy to take that on notice and bring back a response.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Supplementary: the minister just answered with data about the June fish kill. Why did she not actually answer the member's question with regard to the earlier fish kill?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: I don't think she talked about the earlier fish kill. The Hon. T.A. Franks: There have been two.

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: I am aware there have been two events. I didn't hear the honourable Deputy Leader of the Opposition refer to the earlier fish kill. If I missed that part of the question, I am happy to answer it. On 10 April 2024, PIRSA's biosecurity division was made aware of a Facebook post by a member of the public to the SA Natureteers group indicating there had been a fish kill in the South Lagoon region of the Coorong.

PIRSA biosecurity coordinated with the Department for Environment and Water for a district ranger to attend the site and carry out an investigation. A DEW district ranger attended the area indicated in the Facebook post on the morning of 11 April 2024 and could not locate any fish kill. No report of the April fish kill was made via the Fishwatch hotline either.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Supplementary: where a member of the department, be it DEW or PIRSA, receives reports of a mass fish death incident is it their duty to report to Fishwatch?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: I am not quite sure what the honourable member is getting at. I would hope that any member of the public who observes matters of concern would feel obliged, through being a citizen of South Australia, to report it to Fishwatch with the appropriate information about location, if at all possible.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Supplementary: does the minister expect her departmental staff to pass on information to the appropriate sources in the case of a mass fish death?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: Where there is a reported event there needs to be the appropriate information available for it to be investigated. That includes, in particular, location data.

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