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Creating oxygen refuges in the Darling River

$5,605 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 96 people in 10 days
Created January 6, 2019
The beloved native fish  within the Darling River (paaka) needs our help urgently!

If everyone who reads this plan donates at least $2 or more then you could “do your bit” to create a small oxygenated rescue centre for the native fish in the Darling River.


Why does the native fish need this?

The Darling River near Menindee, NSW has recently had severe fish kills due to low oxygen in the water and a severe blue green algae outbreak. This means a large amount of native fish have died, especially the fish that us, recreational anglers, like to target.

The plan below won’t be the “life saver” for all the native fish that are currently struggling in the Darling River. However, it could potentially create a small oxygenated refuge within the Darling River that will could save a small handful of fish, and to me anything is better than nothing. 


In a nut shell, what is the plan?

EVERY.SINGLE.CENT raised of this project will go towards hiring a contractor to undertake the below plan.

The plan is simple, one or two pumping stations will be set up through the summer period that will pump water from the Darling River and then push the water back out into the Darling River, but the pumping outlet will be pointing upwards to create a water fountain or similar activity. This process will assist in creating a small oxygenated section within the Darling River, therefore potentially saving a small handful of native fish. The pumps will be in place for as long as the funding allows it to be.

 
The Darling River, why is it important and why should you care?

The Darling River is home to a significant population to Golden Perch and Murray Cod. Research has shown that the Golden Perch that are spawned in the Darling River when in flood contribute significantly to populations in the mid-Murray, including the Edward–Wakool and Goulburn rivers, right through to the lower lakes in South Australia and the Darling River itself. The Darling River, downstream of Menindee, also supports one on of the healthiest Murray Cod population in the Murray Darling Basin, the population includes a mixture of ages and sizes, which indicates regular breeding success in the past.

So, it may not impact you now, but in the future there could potentially be less native fish to catch as a result of this fish kill.

What if not enough money is raised for the pumps?

We will consult with local experts and figure out what is the best way to create oxygen refuges within the Darling River and we will use the money for that project.


So please do your bit and like and share this post!

Every little bit will help the native fish population within the Darling River

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Raised by 96 people in 10 days
Created January 6, 2019
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