About 1 MILLION fish die along 40km of river in New South Wales, Australia

Fish Kill Alert

Up to a million fish have died along a 40-kilometre stretch of the Darling River in far west New South Wales, in an event the State Government has described as “distressing”.

The mass killing at Menindee, near Broken Hill, came after a similar incident in the same part of the river less than a month ago.

According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), toxic blue green algae is again to blame.

Native species including bony bream, Murray cod and perch, are among those affected.

DPI’s Fisheries Manager Iain Ellis said the event was unprecedented.

“I’ve never seen two fish kills of this scale so close together in terms of time, especially in the same stretch of river,” he said.

“In both cases it’s when the algal bloom has been disrupted.

“The first time due to a storm, and in this case, by the cold front that went through.”

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