Posted November 08, 2018 04:15:33A banana fish stocks in the Northern Territory are down for the third year running, according to the Australian Financial Reviews.
The NT’s Department of Environment, Fisheries and Forestry said on Tuesday it had not found a “significant” number of the fish on its own farms.
It said that of the 10 fish stocks that it assessed in 2017-18, seven had been caught in a season, six had been released and five had been moved from one farm to another.
It was the second consecutive year that the NT’s fish stocks were down.
In 2016-17, the NT Department of Agriculture reported that 12 of its 22 fish stocks had been killed.
The last year of a four-year decline has been especially hard on the NT.
The state is in a state of emergency after an ongoing drought caused by climate change caused by greenhouse gases, while also dealing with the consequences of a large outbreak of the virus.
There have been several outbreaks in the past few years, most recently in late 2017, but no fatalities have been reported.