19 June 2020 | ABC COVER FISH EXCLUSION SCREENS INSTALLED ON MACQUARIE RIVER
The major intake pump at the Trangie to Nevertire Irrigation Scheme is being screened.(ABC Western Plains: Jessie Davies) Every year 100 million fish are killed by irrigation pumps throughout the Murray Darling Basin — but a simple solution could stop the carnage. Key Points: A single large river pump can kill as many as 12,000 fish a day on the Murray-Darling The deaths negatively impact the environment and irrigators, who are forced to deal with the mess There are calls for screens that prevent the problem to be installed on all irrigation pumps A fish exclusion screen acts as a physical barrier to stop fish being sucked into large pipes and macerated. For the first time in New South Wales, a large screen is being installed on a major pump that feeds 33 farms from the Macquarie River, near Trangie. NSW Department of Primary Industries research scientist Craig Boys said the installation would save hundreds of fish a day.