Perilous perch: Fears it could be too late for native fish

THE Federal Government’s fast-tracking of a review into the endangered status of silver perch in the light of the fish kill events near Menindee might be a case of too little, too late, according to locals.

Environment Minister Melissa Price said the fish kills on the lower Darling River heavily impacted silver perch and Murray cod, which were listed as critically endangered and vulnerable under national environmental law, warranting a re-evaluation of the status of both species.

Menindee resident Graeme McCrabb’s pictures and videos of the three events, in which more than two million fish – including silver and golden perch, Murray cod and bony bream – are estimated to have perished, gained national and international attention.

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