As if many of the states waterways haven't suffered enough during the recent drought conditions, with large fish kills from lack of water and algae blooms, the rain event these past few days has resulted in poor water quality in some systems, increasing the likelihood of more fish kills.
DPI/Fisheries has asked for assistance from all anglers to advise unusual water conditions in your own local areas. Look out for any changes to water quality - i.e. changes to the colour or odour of your local waterway, especially those rivers and creeks that have been impacted by bushfires.
Observe and report if you see any species of fish, including carp, starting to gasp at water surfaces or are displaying unusual behaviour.
Take photos and location details and report to Fisheries at email@example.com or call 1800 043 536.
The Shoalhaven and Kangaroo rivers hold a secret - a silvery ghost that has not been recorded in the wild since 1998.
The species has no formal name but is commonly known as the Shoalhaven River Macquarie Perch and it has been shown to be genetically separate to the Macquarie Perch from the Murray Darling Basin, but with so few records it has not been formally described.
OzFish together with NSW DPI and the University of Canberra are embarking on a quest to find out if the Shoalhaven Macquarie Perch is still surviving.
The project's mission is to launch a co-ordinated and highly technical sampling effort to the upper reaches of the Kangaroo and Shoalhaven rivers to "search for the perch".