- carcass /KAHR-kuhs/
- contractor /KON-trak-ter/
- drought /drout/
- commander /kuh-MAN-der/
- unprecedented /uhn-PRES-i-den-tid/
[noun] – the body of a dead animal, especially a large one that is soon to be cut up as meat or eaten by wild animals
The hiker stumbled upon the carcass of a deer in the woods, which had been stripped clean by scavengers, and realized that it was a natural part of the cycle of life in the forest.
[noun] – a person or company that arranges to supply materials or workers for building or for moving goods
When we build a house, we usually hire a contractor to oversee the construction and ensure that everything is built according to plan.
[noun] – a long period when there is little or no rain
The drought did a lot of harm to the crops.
[noun] – an officer who is in charge of a military operation, or an officer of a particular rank in many countries’ naval forces
The commander waved to the soldiers to march on.
[adjective] – never having happened or existed in the past
The situation is unprecedented in modern times.
OzFish volunteers have also started a search and rescue operation to save surviving native fish from the river. The majority of the dead fish are native species, including Bony Bream and Golden Perch, with the remaining being non-native species such as carp. Hypoxic blackwater is thought to be the cause of the deaths. State government agencies are working with federal agencies to investigate the underlying cause. The Murray-Darling Basin, which is Australia’s largest river system, is facing increasing pressure due to drought and human activities. NSW Police Commander Brett Greentree described the event as unprecedented in terms of the millions of fish that have died. He assured residents that the water supply remained high-quality and that the contractors with specialized skills would remove as many fish as possible. OzFish’s director of programs, Cassie Price, warned that the remains of the fish would likely sink to the riverbed, causing a nutrient spike and algal blooms. She also explained that this would cause more issues in the future.
- How would your local community and authorities respond if you had fish deaths in your area?
- What can you do to support efforts to address the issue of mass fish deaths in your country?
- Do you agree with the statement that the event is unprecedented in terms of the millions of fish that have died?
- How do you think the government and local residents can prevent similar incidents from happening in the future?
- How can we raise public awareness about the importance of protecting our natural resources and the environment?