New Australia mass fish deaths in key river system

NSW Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair

NSW Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair

Authorities said Monday that a key river basin in Eastern Australia again killed thousands of fish.

"Under the current circumstances, if we could have avoided it we will", she told reporters in Sydney.

"There are lots of yabbies crawling up the bank ... they must be suffocating", he told AAP.

Mr Gregory said the latest fish to die would have likely been survivors from previous events. The government said the drought in New South Wales was to blame.

He said it is an "environmental catastrophe" and conditions could potentially deteriorate further.

NSW minister for regional water Niall Blair said reports of which fish had been killed were mostly made up of Bony Bream, Macquarie perch and some carp, but said there had been no conformation of any murray cod deaths.

Local man Graeme McCrabb told the ABC "thousands" of small bony bream were floating in the area.

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Up to a million fish died at Menindee earlier in January, some of them decades old, while thousands were found dead days later nearly 900km away along the Macintyre River.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries said the latest kills were likely linked to rains and a sharp drop in temperature after an extended period of hot weather that contributed to plummeting oxygen levels in the water.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten called on the government to act, saying on Monday that the Murray-Darling was "facing the makings of an ecological disaster".

"Central Darling Shire Council has deployed a clean up operator who is also tasked with recording information about the event".

The site of the fish deaths is a stretch of river known as the Menindee weir pool, where as many as one million fish died due to low oxygen levels in the stagnant water.

Others blamed state and federal mismanagement of the river, which has stopped flowing in recent months and is completely dry in several areas.

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