Fish Kill Crisis: More Information

As fishers we are all devastated at seeing the fish kills gripping parts of the Murray Darling Basin, causing a lasting impact on our native fish stocks. As predicted, high temperatures and poor water quality are set to impact fish in more rivers across Australia. Here at OzFish, we aim to keep you informed of actions you can take in these events.

If you hold concerns for your own river or waterway, here’s what you can do:

Report any fish kills, no matter how small.

Links to state agencies:

NSW  – Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536

SA –24 hour Fish watch hotline on 1800 065 522 or via their website 

VIC – Contact the local Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) or phone EPA Polwatch on 1800 444 004

QLD – Report large numbers of dead fish to the Department of Environment and Science on 1300 130 372

Find out the water quality in your river.

Links to state water quality monitoring data:

Water NSW contacts 1300 662 077 

Water Quality Queensland via their website 

Water Quality Vic via their website or data monitoring website

Water Quality SA via their website 

Find out more about water management in your river.

Links to state agency water management planning:

NSW – Future Water Management via their website 

QLD via their website 

VIC via their website or contact your local Catchment Management Authority found via their website 

SA via their website 

After this devastation ceases the recovery of our fish population will depend on the quality and quantity of fish habitat. You can support our continued work in fish habitat restoration,  by rounding up your purchase in store at BCF through our Give Back to Habitat initiative.