20th March 2015;
The Penang Fisheries Department will investigate the real cause of pollution that is killing off thousands of Marine Catfish (Sea Catfish) (F. Ariidae) found dead and floating in the Sungai Kerian to the water gates of the Jajar Dam here.
Its director Abdullah Md Dan said he had directed a special team to investigate the matter and his officers had also taken samples of the river water.
“We have received complaints and reports from the residents about the incident and I believe it is not impossible that the death of the fish is due to pollution from toxins released by factories near the river.
"However, further investigations must be carried out and we are still waiting for the water samples which have been sent to the Biosecurity Division for more tests,” he said when contacted here Friday.
Yesterday, Bernama reported that since two days ago, thousands of Marine Catfish died and were found floating in the waters of Sungai Kerian up to the water gates of the Jajar Dam here.
The death of these fish had caused the entire area to reek of the stench of rotting fish at the water gates which are closed.
Meanwhile, Abdullah said, the investigation process could take more time as several tests had to be conducted before a full report could be obtained.
“We will get all the information from the department and agencies involved to determine the cause of death of the fish, whether it is from pollution or not,” he said.