Fishing suspended after discovery of dead tortoises

The catching of native fish in Perth lakes and wetlands has been suspended after more than 10 long-necked tortoises drowned in Department of Fisheries’ nets at Lake Goollelal last month.

Department of Fisheries principal research scientist Craig Lawrence said the nets were placed to survey the populations of threatened native fish.

“I am saddened and sorry that our recent research work, to check on freshwater fish species at Lake Goollelal, has resulted in the deaths of a number of tortoises,” he said.

“Similar nets to the ones which caused the deaths of the tortoises are used by university and government researchers in WA, Australia and internationally.”

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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