Six years after it was announced, a plan to release a virus in the Murray-Darling Basin has been handed to the federal government.
I am extremely concerned about the effects of a virus release into our river system. Nothing has changed from when "Scientists warned that a mass Carp kill could cause secondary infections that could spread to Humans" and "that the river would be turned into a bloody mess, "comparable to sewerage", and that cleaning up hundreds of thousands of tonnes of dead fish would be logistically impossible." Water from the River Murray in this State is so precious as we are the "driest State in the driest Continent in the World" and the whole of S.A. relies so heavily on water from our River Murray.
I am extremely concerned about the effects of the release of this virus into our river system. I live on a rural property with no mains water and rely on the River Murray water for domestic use. I feel this river community is the guinea pig here as it does not appear to have been tested in any overseas communities.