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Thousands of Fish Killed in Darling River, New South Wales
Thousands of fish were killed in the Darling River at Menindee in western New South Wales over the weekend of January 5 and January 6.
In this video, shared to Facebook by Rob Gregory on January 7, dead fish can be seen all over a waterway.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries launched an investigation into the incident and said the mass deaths could have been caused by ongoing drought conditions and a sharp drop in temperature.
“After a very hot period, a sharp cool change hit the Menindee region over the weekend, with large temperature drops experienced,” the DPI said in a statement.
“This sudden drop in temperature may have disrupted an existing algal bloom at Menindee, killing the algae and resulting in the depletion of dissolved oxygen.”
However, some locals said the incident was a result of excessive draining of the rivers, by WaterNSW, for irrigation, leaving the lakes almost dry.