Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 - OzFish Unlimited

Passionate anglers who volunteer their time to create and restore fish habitat in Australia’s waterways have been left heartbroken as mass fish kills continue in a 40-kilometre stretch of the Darling River, near the town of Menindee in far western NSW.

Members  of  Australia’s  largest  recreational  fishing  conservation  organisation,  OzFish  Unlimited, are desperately working to save native fish from suffocating, with plans to pump oxygen into the system by installing several aerators into major weir pools where fish may seek refuge.

OzFish Founder, CEO and former NSW Fisheries advisor Craig Copeland, said the tragic event has devastated populations of Murray Cod, Golden and Silver Perch and Bony Bream, leaving 
many of the organisation’s inland members “deeply affected".

"Our core business is to look after Australia’s fish, and big fish kills like this are difficult to watch so we will try and do what we can for the fish that are left as these conditions continue.”

OzFish Unlimited, with the support of their major partner BCF, are raising funds through their ongoing  “Give  Back  to  Habitat”  campaign  to  purchase  and  operate  these  much  needed aerators.

Mr Copeland acknowledged that the rescue attempt was not a long-term solution but said:

“The process would help counteract areas of low oxygen levels which have presented in the river due to low flows. Our OzFish community will do whatever they can to help, but Government must find a way to maintain base flows  in the future  to prevent this from occurring  again and diminishing our valuable fisheries.

"We have watched large female Murray Cod perish, a fish  that can produce egg counts of up to 90,000, so if we consider the total number of fish lost – it is simply incalculable.”

The organisation’s local branch in  the Sunraysia District, Victoria has created a GoFundMe page to raise money and awareness of the devastation. 

OzFish Sunraysia President, Braeden Lampard, described the scenes of dead fish as simply horrific.

“This is not about blame for how it occurred  it’s about what can we do to help more fish from dying now and then addressing the water issue to stop our fisheries from being decimated.”

Donations  to  the  OzFish  GoFundMe  page  can  be  made  by  clicking  on http://bit.ly/SaveTheDarlingFish  or by visiting any BCF store as part of their “Give Back to 
Habitat” Campaign.

For more information head to https://ozfish.org.au | https://www.facebook.com/OzFishUnlimited/

To arrange an interview contact Bob Grieve on 0412 325 694.

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Bob Grieve
M: 0412325694
W: ozfish.org.au

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