More mass fish deaths predicted
MORE fish are likely to die as state and federal water managers prepare for an emergency meeting to canvass options to mitigate the ecological disaster in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Water Minister David Littleproud described the situation as horrible, joining his NSW state counterpart Niall Blair in warning of more devastation after up to a million fish died in the Darling River system.
“I’m advised there is a high likelihood of more fish kills very soon,” Mr Littleproud said.
The Federal Government wants states to agree to use $5 million from Murray-Darling Basin funds for a strategy to look after native fish.
Mr Littleproud has asked the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to convene a meeting of state and federal water managers and environmental water holders this week.
The meeting will look at the immediate risk of further fish kills and how to mitigate that possibility including through the release of environmental water.
Stakeholders will also review state and federal watering priorities to see if changes are needed.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was concerned some may attempt to “play politics” with the bipartisan Murray-Darling Basin Plan.