Basin Plan, Water managment

Darling River water quality declines with 10,000 native fish found dead from blue-green algae bloom

20 December 2018

ABC Broken Hill
20 December 2018

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is expecting more mass fish deaths with a blue-green algae bloom blamed for 10,000 dead fish in the Darling River.

The dead fish, mainly native species such as bony bream, Murray cod, and golden and silver perch, were found along a 50-kilometre stretch of the river.

It was first thought ‘just’ 300 dead perch were found Menindee on Saturday, but a NSW District Fisheries officer put the count at 10,000 dead fish one day later.

Local property owner Wayne Marsden made the initial discovery.

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