Daniel O’Leary is peeved at anglers dumping fish at his swimming spot.
Daniel O’Leary is peeved at anglers dumping fish at his swimming spot. TREVOR VEALE

Swimming hole stinks of dead fish

DANIEL O'LEARY says selfish anglers are ruining the enjoyment he and his friends get from swimming in the Orara River.

The 14 year old lives in the Orara Valley between Karangi and Coramba and he loves a swim but he says saltwater fish which have been filleted and the remains thrown into the water are ruining the look, smell and feel of the river near his home.

“Someone out there is dumping deep sea fish skeletons in the water,” Daniel said.

“It's disgusting.

“It's been going on for ages but there is more and more of it, it stinks and I'm really sick of it.

“The most recent dumping is a pair of what are believed to be wahoo. Before this there have been many others, including bump-head snapper.

“The snapper was there for four or five months until the flood washed it away.

“Rotting fish doesn't smell good, even when it is two metres under water you can still smell it.

“It makes the water feel and look dirty and because it is a salt water fish it just sits there to rot because nothing eats it.

“Would you like your kids going down to the local swimming hole to swim with a rotting carcass?

“Not only is it unhygienic and can cause disease and infections but it makes clothes and skin smell for ages.”

Daniel has some advice for the lazy anglers.

“Instead of dumping it in the rivers, bury it in a garden,” he said.

“Doing this it doesn't smell, it's out of the way and it's good for the plants and soil.”



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