Fish Kill Map – Citizen Science Project

To enter data go to:  Fish Kill Map – Murray Darling Basin

The death of a localized fish population is called a fish die-off or a fish kill.  This citizen science project aims to record such events throughout the Murray-Darling Basin.

Mass fish deaths are often the first visible signs of environmental stress and may have a direct impact on our other uses of the water such as for drinking or for stock. The most common trigger being reduced oxygen or reduced water levels, which, in turn, may be due to drought, algal bloom, or a sudden change in water temperature. Often several factors may be acting together.

Get involved:

Go to this weblink: click here

Submit your own observations from wetlands, rivers, or any waterbody near you and submit a photo or other evidence to support your observation. To enter data, zoom to your location and then click on this icon:

You can submit:

1. a ‘verified’ report which includes evidence such as a photo,

2. a ‘non-verified’ report which has no evidence, or

3. a’ media report’ which is a report in the papers or radio that you have heard about.

A citizen science program – like this one- enables us to harness community knowledge, skills and passion right across the Basin. It is open to anyone interested in health of the Murray Darling Basin, who want to record their own field observations, and report other events mentioned in the media and other sources. Those who become involved, have access to all the data – even observations made hundreds of kilometres away.  By working together we can record critical incidents affecting the lifeblood of our region: our rivers and waterways.

For more information contact: Jonathon Howard. Charles Sturt University.
0260519350. Email: jhoward@csu.edu.au