Mirage News –
A rare native fish species that could have been lost from Queensland has been saved by the Palaszczuk Government’s joint emergency rescue operation near Killarney in southern Queensland.
Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said that leading ecologists from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) had moved threatened river blackfish, mountain galaxais and spiny crayfish, to a special aquaculture facility until river conditions improve.
“Department of Environment and Science ecologists discovered stream flows had stopped at a monitoring station near a unique population of river blackfish, an ancient cold-water species that is only found in the upper Condamine River catchment upstream of Killarney in Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.
“This population is isolated with no chance of recolonising locally and without immediate action, local extinction was likely.
“Two other important species – the mountain galaxais and spiny crayfish – also inhabit the same area and are facing the same risks.”
Blackfish die if the water temperature rises above 28 degrees. The ongoing drought, extreme heat and recent bushfire conditions in the area combined to create an extreme risk that simply could not be ignored.