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Otago Regional Council (ORC) is promising to take responsibility and look at changing its practices if tests show it is behind the deaths of hundreds of fish.
Its Dunedin pollution team visited a Kaikorai stream over the weekend after hundreds of dead smelt, flounder, bullies, trout and inanga (whitebait) were found littering the shore near the Brighton Rd bridge.
ORC’s operations general manager, Gavin Palmer, said whether their recent river mouth activity had anything to do with the fish deaths remained under investigation.
“We are committed to being fully transparent and will share further information as it becomes available.”