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Fish dead as lake levels drop

Tuesday, 16th January, 2018

A line of dead Golden Perch suspected to have perished from a decrease in water levels and quality. A line of dead Golden Perch suspected to have perished from a decrease in water levels and quality.

By Myles Burt

A large amount of fish have been found dead, floating in what water remains in the Menindee Lakes.

Photographer Geoffrey Looney found the Golden Perch, and said yesterday the lack of oxygen from river flows, temperature increases and lake drainage have lowered the water quality.

He said the fact the fish have been rising decomposed suggested they were suffocating in the water, and sinking to the bottom before rising to the surface.

“With the access heat on it, it’d just cook the oxygen out of the water,” he said.

The Golden Perch are large breeders and reach around 30cm after a couple of years.

Mr Looney believes that the fish must have come through the Lake Pamamaroo regulator.

“It proves that big fish are coming through the regulators.”

He said the government had created the issue by draining the lakes.

“They just don’t leave enough in there to keep the fish alive,” he said.

“If you want one reason, this lake shouldn’t have been drained?”

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