Statement in relation to Lake Hume fish kill

15 Jan 2019

NSW Department of Primary Industries has investigated a reported fish kill at Lake Hume this morning.

Approximately 60 dead carp were located in the water near Bowna Arm boat ramp. Initial reports suggested up to 1800 dead fish.

A cause of the fish kill has not yet been determined, however there are no algal or dissolved oxygen issues noticeable. Fishing mortality is one potential cause.

NSWDPI will prepare a report to pass onto Victorian authorities, who manage all fisheries in Lake Hume.

The ongoing drought conditions across western NSW have resulted in fish kills in a number of waterways recently.

With drought conditions expected to continue over the coming months it is likely more fish kills will occur without significant rainfall to generate replenishment flows.

Community members are encouraged to report any similar incidents or observations through the Fishers Watch hotline on 1800 043 536.

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