Residents who were there said that the fish were floating belly-up giving off a pungent smell which they could smell even from the nearby main road. Photos: Carolyn Khew
Mass fish deaths at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
By Carolyn Khew, 21st July 2015;
Hundreds of dead fish were seen in a stream in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on Tuesday morning.
Residents living there said the fish were floating belly-up giving off a pungent smell which they could detect even from the nearby main road.
When The Straits Times visited the park at about 10am on Tuesday morning, cleaners were picking up the fish using tongs and putting them into green plastic trash bags.
One of them said that he and his team had already filled about 10-15 bags of fish and that the clean-up could take another day or two.
“The fish were all bloated and floated up on the water. I thought it would just be a few fish but didn’t expect that there would be so many,” said the cleaner who declined to be named.
This is not the first time that mass fish deaths have happened at the park.
In February last year, about 400 dead Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) and Mayan Cichlid (Cichlasoma urophthalmus) fish were found washed up along a stream there. National water agency PUB said at that time that it was likely due to the hot and dry weather.
Source: The Straits Times