Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river

Olive Hawkins
January 30, 2019

Up to a million fish died along the Darling River at Menindee earlier in January, while thousands were also found dead nearly 900km away along the Macintyre River.

A DROP in temperatures and some rain is likely behind another mass fish kill reported along the Darling River in far western NSW, the state government says.

"It's started again", Mr McCrabb said.

Regional Water Minister Niall Blair is expected to visit the region on Tuesday, having described the kill as an "environmental catastrophe".

Another mass death of fish in drought-stricken Eastern Australia, the third in the basin of the river Murray-darling for two months, has raised fears about environmental disaster.

"Under the current circumstances, if we could have avoided it we will", she told reporters in Sydney.

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"No scientist, no locals, no one has been able to point to anything else that could prevent something like this other than fresh water coming into the system and we just don't have that", Mr Blair said.

"I'm sitting in a spot here and there are hundreds of thousands within 100 or 200 metres", he told AAP.

Fisheries officers from NSW's Department of Primary Industries are on their way to the river to confirm the number of fish killed.

The suspected cause is hot weather leading to an algal bloom that has starved the water of oxygen.

The council has hired a clean-up operator which will also record information about the event.

Menindee resident Graeme McCrabb said the fish deaths highlighted how the water basin's water management plan "is failing the whole system". "This is a disaster", he told reporters in Melbourne.

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