Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thousands of fish suffocate in Darling River, New South Wales - 15th Mar 2011

Floodwaters are being blamed for the death of hundreds of thousands of fish in the Darling River at Bourke in western New South Wales.

Industry and Investment New South Wales says water from the Bogan River with low oxygen levels is flowing into the Darling causing carp, boney bream and other species of fish to suffocate.

Samples of the water are being tested to confirm the theory, but results may not be available for several weeks.

I and I's Manager of Fisheries and Ecosystems, Sarah Fairfull, says it is impossible to tell how many fish have died or will be effected before freshwater from other parts of the Darling system mixes with the 'black water'.

"People have reported tens of thousands to millions so I think there's a large number of smaller fish that have been affected as well," she said. Read More