13 Pacific black ducks were found dead at Banora Point
13 Pacific black ducks were found dead at Banora Point

Birds not killed by pesticides

Autopsy results have revealed pesticides did not cause the deaths of birds and turtles in Lake Kimberley at Banora Point.

The North Coast office of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) launched an investigation into the incident after the bodies of 24 birds were found. The investigation found the dead birds comprised 13 Pacific black ducks, two moorhens and one black swan.

A DECCW spokesman said their Environment Line received numerous reports last week of dead or dying water birds in and around the lake.

“A DECCW investigation has involved inspecting the area and conducting analytical sampling of the swan and one of the dead ducks at DECCW's Environmental Forensic and Analytical Science laboratory in Sydney,” the spokesman said.

“The analysis results from the swan and duck has excluded pesticides as a potential cause of death.

“The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is also undertaking autopsies and analysis of dead ducks to determine if the birds died from bacteriological exposure or disease.”

The spokesman said the DECCW would continue to liaise with the Department of Primary Industries and Tweed Shire Council in establishing a cause of death. The DECCW advised there was no evidence to suggest there was a public health risk.



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