Call for action on Menindee
WITH the spectre of more dead fish looming over NSW, Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair 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 (pictured) and more are likely to perish in coming days as temperatures rise.
Despite criticism from scientists and environmental advocates who say mismanagement of water is to blame, the federal and NSW governments are adamant that drought is behind the deaths.
Federal Water Minister David Littleproud has asked the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to convene a meeting of water managers and environmental water holders to discuss the matter this week.
But Mr Blair has called for an end to blame-shifting, saying the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was settled in December.
“Holding a talk-fest that does not identify any new water solutions to help the Menindee community does not help anyone,” he said.
Mr Blair said the fish were killed by a “perfect storm” of factors including severely low water flow and algal blooms.