A third fish kill has occurred near Menindee on the Darling River overnight after temperatures plummeted following days of hot weather.
The latest fish kill follows an incident on 6 and 7 January in which hundreds of thousands of native fish, including Murray cod, golden perch and bony bream died around the Menindee weir.
There was also another mass kill before Christmas.
“This is likely worse than the last time,” said local Graeme McCrabb, who on Monday morning was down at the water’s edge at the back of the township, above Weir 32.
Murray-Darling fish kill: extreme weather and low river flow led to drop in oxygen levels
“I’ve just picked up a 50cm golden perch, and there are tens of thousands of little bony bream, dead.
“There are fish all around me just gasping for breath,” he said.
McCrabb said he had not spotted any Murray cod, which can grow to a metre and be up to 40 or 50 years old. But he said that during the previous fish kill the Murray cod had been the last to surface.
The Byron Environment Centre is holding it’s chemical-free bush regen and boardwalk maintenance next Wednesday 30th January from 9.30 to 12.30 at the Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary (next to the toilet block of the Byron Market site) weather permitting.
We will be removing weeds from around native plants along the most NE side, up the hill and down into the shaded areas. We will also be replacing decking as required. Cool drinks provided.
Please wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing from sun and mosquitoes. See map attached.
Hope to see you there – come anytime even for an hour or two.
Let Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you can come and please pass the word around.