'They must be suffocating': Another mass fish kill in western NSW


Residents claim more dead fish have been found in the Darling River in far western NSW.

Graeme McCrabb on Monday morning posted photos on social media of floating dead fish in the weir pool at Menindee.

“It’s starting again,” he wrote on Facebook.

He added the fish found dead were bony bream and perch.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has sent officers to investigate the event, which it believes has affected “large numbers of bony bream and smaller numbers of other species”.

Locals claim there have been more fish killed in the Darling River at Menindee. Source: Facebook/ Sue Pearce and Rob Gregory
Locals claim there have been more fish killed in the Darling River at Menindee. Source: Facebook/ Sue Pearce and Rob Gregory

“It is likely linked to some rain and cooler temperatures in the Menindee area following an extended period of very hot weather,” a spokeswoman said in a statement to AAP.

Central Darling Shire Council has hired a clean-up operator which will also record information about the event, the department said.

Menindee resident Rob Gregory said there were at least 200-to-300 dead bony bream, as well as some native species.

“There are lots of yabbies crawling up the bank … they must be suffocating,” he told AAP.

“It’s a shame.”

Resident Graeme McCrabb said the fish found dead were bony bream and perch. Source: Facebook/ Graeme McCrabb
Resident Graeme McCrabb said the fish found dead were bony bream and perch. Source: Facebook/ Graeme McCrabb

Mr Gregory said the latest fish to die would have likely been survivors from previous events.

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

Central Darling Shire general manager Greg Hill, who is in charge of the clean-up, fears the latest mass kill could be as large.

“It’s fairly big,” Mr Hill told AAP.

A fish struggles to move in the river on Monday. Source: Facebook/ Rob Gregory
A fish struggles to move in the river on Monday. Source: Facebook/ Rob Gregory

Resident Sue Pearce wrote on Facebook “action is needed”.

“The people of the river need to come together as one and rise up,” she wrote.

“Make our voices be heard.”

Earlier this month, local farmers posted video on Facebook of giant fish they claimed were more than 100 years old found dead in the river.

With AAP

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