Darling River fish population to take up to a decade to rebound

IT will take up to a decade for Darling River native fish populations at Menindee to recolonise while the broader ecological implications of the recent fish kill need to be considered, a marine and freshwater biology expert says.

University of Melbourne lecturer in marine and freshwater biology, Dr John Morrongiello, said while a lot of focus had been on the deaths of larger predatory species like Murray cod, silver and golden perch, the deaths of other species and organisms would impact the ecosystem.

“A lot of reporting has been focused on these large, iconic, charismatic native fish – the Murray cod, the golden perch, the silver perch – and they’re a really important part of the natural ecosystem,” he said.

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