NSW MP vomits as he holds dead fish

Jeremy Buckingham right could not stand the stench any longer

Up to a million fish have died in a 40 kilometre stretch of the waterway at Menindee Lakes this week.

Such a move, part of the Sustainable Diversion Limits projects, would "further reduce water flows in the lower Darling River and destroy fish breeding grounds in the Darling River", Labor said, adding it had "committed to abandon this plan to prevent further ecological destruction".

Residents are pointing the finger at state and federal governments for draining too much water from the Menindee Lakes and over-allocating the precious resource to irrigators.

Ex-Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has made himself an instant meme after almost spewing while holding a dead fish in a video that was meant to highlight the National Party's water policies.

Sharing the video on his own social media pages, Buckingham admitted he was "involuntarily retching from the smell". "I felt so sick that I panicked and jumped in the river to escape it - as bad as it is!" he explained.

"It's devastating to see the hundreds of thousands of fish killed earlier this week and we believe this is one of the largest fish kills ever seen", Mr Blair later said in a statement.

Rob McBride, a grazier who lives south of Menindee on the Lower Darling, insists the deaths are the result of a "man-made engineered disaster".

NSW opposition leader Michael Daley has called for a special commission of inquiry into the incident and vowed to establish one if Labor wins power at the March election.

Among the fish varieties most impacted by the event are vitally important native species like bony bream, Murray cod and perch.

Arnold says members of the government "have to be bloody disgusted with yourself, politicians and cotton grower manipulators".

These events are isolated to the Darling River - all of MCA's production is based on the Murrumbidgee and Murray River Systems and we have sufficient allocation of high quality water.

Algal blooms, which can be caused by agricultural chemicals, have been blamed for the deaths, but locals say corruption and greed are the reasons.

Proprietary technology to monitor water quality "significantly reduces the risk of fish mortality events such as those now occurring on the Darling River".

The iconic Aussie fish is in the headlines right now after a video surfaced showing angry farmers hauling dead "century-old" Murray cod out of the Darling River, calling it an Australian environmental "disaster".

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has described the deaths as a awful reminder of the impact drought has on the environment.



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