A carpet of dead bodies: death of “hundreds of thousands” of fish in Australia

Un tapis de cadavres: mort de «centaines de milliers» de poissons en Australie

Photo: Robert Gregory Agence France-Presse
The inhabitants of Minindee, near the river Darling, lament the white carpet of dead fish floating belly up on the water.

“Hundreds of thousands” of freshwater fish are dead in an Australia faced with a severe drought, said Tuesday the authorities, who announce new episodes of massive death.

The inhabitants of Minindee, near the river Darling, which form with the Murray river basin the largest in the country, reported a white carpet of dead fish floating belly up on the water.

A few weeks after the death of nearly a million fish in this region of the south-east of the vast island-continent, a new massacre has just been found.

Scientists have implicated low levels of water and oxygen, as well as the appearance of algae.

Inspectors of the department of primary Industries of New South Wales have visited the site and found that ” hundreds of thousands of fish have perished “.

“We expect new death of fish in the river Darling, because we have identified the presence of a large number of fish in distress,” said the ministry in a press release.

The only thing that would change really is the situation, it is the fresh water that would come into the basin and this is not a possibility for the moment.

— Niall Blair, the minister of Water of the australian State of New South Wales

 

The Murray-Darling basin, the agricultural region of the key, extends over several States, and covers thousands of kilometres.

The temperatures must strongly climb during the next few days and no rain is on the horizon so that there is a “high risk of new death of fish in the days and weeks to come,” officials said.

The federal government has attributed the disaster to the drought, but experts and residents involve systematic samples of water, and pollution.

The last hecatomb is likely to be related to the “levels dangerously low dissolved oxygen” in the water following a sudden drop in temperatures after a long period of heat wave.

The minister of Water of New South Wales, Niall Blair, said to the public broadcaster ABC that his government lacked solutions after you have installed the aerators within the rivers, a remedy which is ” simple dressing “.

“This is not a question of spending, it is simply that no one offers alternatives “, he said. “The only thing that would change really is the situation, it is the fresh water that would come into the basin and this is not a possibility for the moment. “

The interior of eastern australia is in the grip of a prolonged drought. The extremely high temperatures of recent weeks make the situation worse.

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