The Hunter’s Commercial Fishing Industry is facing an uncertain future as an ecological disaster unfolds in the region’s river systems.

The Hunter, Paterson and Williams Rivers have been inundated with floodwater in recent weeks, bringing thousands of tonnes of rotting vegetation into the waterways.

Known as a blackwater event, the putrid vegetation has robbed rivers of oxygen, causing the deaths of thousands of fish, eels and frogs.
NSW Environment Minister, Robyn Parker has called for more testing to determine the cause of the fish kill.