DISTURBING SIGHT: Long-time residents said this was the first time they had seen mass fish deaths in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. PUB staff took water samples for testing and found nothing amiss. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES
Residents queasy over fishy pong
6th February 2014;
Hundreds of dead fish were found floating along and washed up on the banks of a river in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on Tuesday, alarming residents and causing a stench.
National water agency PUB said in a statement on its Facebook page yesterday that it received a report about several dead fish on the upstream section of the 3km-long river – between Marymount Road and Bishan Road – on Tuesday morning.
It was later found that about 400 Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) and Mayan Cichlids (Cichlasoma urophthalmus) – freshwater fishes common in the aquarium trade – had died.
Other fish and animal life in the river, including terrapins, were unaffected.
Contractors were sent down to remove the dead fish. The clean-up was completed at 3pm yesterday.