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Algae update for the Swan River

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) advises members of the public that recent high rainfall events have led to an influx of nutrients and elevated levels of algae being detected in the mid to upper reaches of the Swan River. Affected waters may appear cloudy and have a reddish-brown discolouration.

DBCA is continuing to monitor the situation, however information from members of the public is also welcome. Anyone who sees dead or sluggish fish in the Swan Canning Riverpark are asked to report this to FishWatch on 1800 815 507 and avoid swimming in that area.

The public is also advised to not collect dead fish and to prevent their dogs from consuming dead animals that may appear along the river foreshore.