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Thousands of dead fish wash ashore at Lake Wyangan in the NSW Riverina

Thousands of dead fish have washed up on the banks of an NSW lake, some of which are just under a meter long.

A mysterious fish killing event was reported over the weekend by locals in Lake Wyangan, northwest of Griffith in the New South Wales Riverina.

Local member Murray MP Helen Dalton described the waterway as “absolutely rotten, dark in color, full of foam and silt with dead native fish floating on the shore.”

Recordings from a local fisherman on Saturday showed the carcasses of dead Murray cod, yellow perch, bream and carp along the banks.

Local member Murray MP Helen Dalton (pictured) described the waterway as 'absolutely rotten, dark in color, full of foam and silt with dead native fish floating on the shore'

Local member Murray MP Helen Dalton (pictured) described the waterway as ‘absolutely rotten, dark in color, full of foam and silt with dead native fish floating on the shore’

That told fisherman Andres Baren ABC news the extent of the destruction was difficult to see.

A mysterious fish killing event was reported over the weekend by locals in Lake Wyangan, northwest of Griffith on the New South Wales Riverina River.

A mysterious fish killing event was reported over the weekend by locals in Lake Wyangan, northwest of Griffith on the New South Wales Riverina River.

A mysterious fish killing event was reported over the weekend by locals in Lake Wyangan, northwest of Griffith on the New South Wales Riverina River.

“There were dead fish everywhere,” said Mr. Baren.

“I counted 34 cod, all just under a meter in size, and then there were thousands of bony bream, yellow belly and smaller cod – it was impossible to count them all.”

When evidence of the contamination emerged, it caused outrage among the local community, describing the event as “disaster” and “absolutely heartbreaking.”

Some were concerned about other wildlife, such as birds, foxes or other animals that rely on the fish as a food source.

Helen Southton, MP from New South Wales, Murray calls for urgent action on what she considers a health risk to the local community.

“Last year, I wrote urgent letters to the NSW administrations urging action on Lake Wyangan and they have done nothing,” she said.

Recordings from a local fisherman on Saturday showed the carcasses of dead Murray cod, yellow perch, bream and carp along the banks

Recordings from a local fisherman on Saturday showed the carcasses of dead Murray cod, yellow perch, bream and carp along the banks

Recordings from a local fisherman on Saturday showed the carcasses of dead Murray cod, yellow perch, bream and carp along the banks

“We have about 20 government services that should take care of our waterways, but none of them seem to care about water quality.”

Griffith City Council has reported the incident to the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

The council sent water samples and samples from each fish species to determine what caused the mass murder.

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said the council is doing everything possible to find out what caused the fish mortality.

When evidence of the contamination emerged, it caused outrage among the local community, describing the event as a 'disaster' and 'absolutely heartbreaking'

When evidence of the contamination emerged, it caused outrage among the local community, describing the event as a 'disaster' and 'absolutely heartbreaking'

When evidence of the contamination emerged, it caused outrage among the local community, describing the event as a ‘disaster’ and ‘absolutely heartbreaking’

“The deaths of the fish are clearly very worrying and the Council is doing everything possible to find out why this happened,” he said.

Meanwhile, The Murray MP has compared the discovery outside Griffith to an event in January 2019 in which an estimated one million fish died in Menindee in the far west of the state.

At the time, locals said the Darling River was gripped by the worst crisis in decades.

Algal blooms, rapid temperature changes, and low water flows have all contributed to a series of massive fish deaths at Menindee and elsewhere in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Helen Southton, MP from New South Wales, Murray calls for urgent action on what she considers a health risk to the local community

Helen Southton, MP from New South Wales, Murray calls for urgent action on what she considers a health risk to the local community

Helen Southton, MP from New South Wales, Murray calls for urgent action on what she considers a health risk to the local community

Bill Campbell, who has lived in the area for more than 60 years, blamed the government for causing the contamination.

“When the government allowed the river to be used as an irrigation channel, it was the worst thing they could have done.”

Campbell said using the river for upstream irrigators means that cities like Menindee don’t get enough flows.

Local Graeme McCrabb said it would take up to 30 years for the river to recover from massive fish mortality.

“Everything’s been hammered … it’s absolutely massacre,” he said.

The Murray MP has compared the discovery outside Griffith to a January 2019 event in which an estimated one million fish died at Menindee in the far west of the state

The Murray MP has compared the discovery outside Griffith to a January 2019 event in which an estimated one million fish died at Menindee in the far west of the state

The Murray MP has compared the discovery outside Griffith to a January 2019 event in which an estimated one million fish died at Menindee in the far west of the state

At the time, locals said the Darling River was gripped by the worst crisis in decades

At the time, locals said the Darling River was gripped by the worst crisis in decades

At the time, locals said the Darling River was gripped by the worst crisis in decades

Bill Campbell, who has lived in the area for more than 60 years, blamed the government for causing the contamination

Bill Campbell, who has lived in the area for more than 60 years, blamed the government for causing the contamination

Bill Campbell, who has lived in the area for more than 60 years, blamed the government for causing the contamination

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