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WorldMass Fish Deaths in Australia Spur Emergency River Health Talks

09:45  15 january  2019
09:45  15 january  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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With the spectre of more dead fish looming over NSW, one state minister has warned against an emergency meeting of stakeholders becoming an ineffective talk -fest. Up to a million fish are dead in the Darling River at Menindee and more are likely to perish in coming days as temperatures rise.

Sydney: As many as a million fish are believed to have died along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia , and the authorities warned Monday of more deaths to come. The banks of the Murray-Darling Rivers are thick with rotten fish

(Bloomberg) -- A series of mass fish deaths in Australia’s major river system that’s caught global attention in the past few weeks has prompted an emergency national meeting to discuss government responses.

The meeting of river operators, fish scientists and water policy officials from the federal government as well the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia on Tuesday will look to identify all at-risk areas, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority’s Chief Executive Officer Phillip Glyde said on its website.

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Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is warning of more fish deaths in the Murray-Darling Basin this week and has called an emergency meeting of water managers to advise on how to avert mass killings. Labor has branded the death of up to one million fish an "ecological disaster" and called on

Federal Water Minister David Littleproud has warned of more fish deaths in NSW as he calls for an emergency meeting to address the crisis. More fish are likely to die in NSW as state and federal water managers prepare for an emergency meeting to canvass options to mitigate the ecological

Drought throughout Australia’s southeast over much of the past two years has devastated farming regions and is now stressing the Murray Darling river system, which runs through the four states and waters crops from cotton to grapes. A heatwave forecast for the next five days may prompt further fish deaths, already in the tens of thousands, as rivers and waterholes dry up.

“The fish deaths in the lower Darling River are a tragic reminder of the impact of severe drought, on an already over-stretched river system,” Glyde said in the statement. “Sadly, fish deaths are common events across Australia, particularly during summer and drought conditions, and we expect more events will happen before the current drought breaks.”

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With the spectre of more dead fish looming over NSW, one state minister has warned against an emergency meeting of stakeholders becoming an ineffective talk -fest. Up to a million fish are dead in the Darling River at Menindee and more are likely to perish in coming days as temperatures rise.

NSW mass fish deaths a 'man-made disaster' say farmers. Mr Blair said a number of factors including poor water NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said the mass fish death in the Darling River system at Cotton Australia 's general manager said cotton growers were not to blame for the deaths .

Separately, the New South Wales government said it would support river aeration work to minimize the risk of further fish deaths.

“The conditions we’ve seen across NSW are leading to more and more fish kills which are caused by algae-blooms, black water and oxygen depletion,” the state’s Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water Niall Blair said in a statement. “The impact of this drought has seen kills which are more severe and more devastating.”

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been accused of mismanaging the river, with Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young saying too much water is being taken from the river system by farms. The claims are disputed by the government.

Management of the river basin is a contentious issue in Australia given its economic importance for the four states that rely on it as well as the federal government.

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To contact the editors responsible for this story: Anna Kitanaka at [email protected], Keith Gosman

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