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My daughter has a little write up in today's Sunday Telegraph on fish kills due to the fires down here. Shame they used a photo of her looking so happy as she certainly wasn't. Blue sky's today and the all clear for tourists to return to the south coast.

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Local beach scene. 

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Looks terrible, hopefully not to much overall damage.

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I wouldn’t  worry about the photo. I reckon it’s too small to see any expression on her face. Of all creatures I would’ve figured the ones in the water would be safe from fire, guess I was wrong.

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Oh Jon that is terrible. Do you have a link to that article?

How will that affect the fishing down there at the moment? 

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That's a bugger. Some good sized flatties amongst them, and probably more that you will not see.

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Tilba lake had some significant kills last week. Would have been ~1000 flathead, 1000 bream and a few hundred mullet, 10s of eels and crabs. Water was putrid. 

I'm not sure if it's fire related or due to high day temps which tipped the ecosystem over the edge.

All flatties were between 45-65cm.

Such a pity.

 

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5 minutes ago, barnzey said:

Tilba lake had some significant kills last week. Would have been ~1000 flathead, 1000 bream and a few hundred mullet, 10s of eels and crabs. Water was putrid. 

I'm not sure if it's fire related or due to high day temps which tipped the ecosystem over the edge.

All flatties were between 45-65cm.

Such a pity.

 

Any species it is a pity really. Seems to be more posts about this too. 

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This is what marine biologist friend from the area mentioned on my facebook page.

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Very sad and I think the impact will become more noticeable over the next few months and even years.

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I was at Bellbrook, west of Kempsey last week.  The Macleay River had stopped flowing there some time previously.  There was rain higher up and the river started to flow.  It did not take long to notice that there dead fish and eels floating down stream.  It got the stage that the river was a mass of dead fish.  It was so sad to see so many fish being killed and wasted.

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