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Aug 10, 2012

Mysterious fish death in the river

Hundreds of fish have been dying in the Haulover Creek in the past few days. It is not known if toxins have been leaked in the river; however, it has become a nuisance for fisherman, Elic Logan and his family, who live on bank of the river in the Lake Independence area. Logan says that because his property is on a curve, debris always collects along the edge of his land. But the scores of dead fish piling up near his house have been creating unbearable stench.

 

Elic Logan, Fisherman

“For the past three days, I noticed we had a lotta fish coming up, Machoose, shad, stone bass, tuba, crana, snappers, some long fish like long guards and it was just white all the way around here. And it smelled so disgusting that my wife and my kids just started taking sticks and push them away so they go down to get that scent from here. I don’t know what caused them to die, but something—I don’t know if the water is contaminated or something or the other. But it’s pitiful to see that because those fish like the machoose, you see them all over and they are a species of fish that are very hard to die. So I can’t really tell what caused for them to die.”

 

Delahnie Bain

Elic Logan

“And it’s a lot of them?”

 

Elic Logan

“Lot, lot about two, three hundreds of them.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“Have you ever seen them like this in this area?”

 

Elic Logan

“No, no. We usually saw like during—normally every flood we get like tuba, crana, sometimes you see them float up but not like this mein, not like this.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“Do you think maybe the recent storm had anything to do with it?”

 

Elic Logan

“Well, that’s all I could ah seh because when the storm came we had the southeast breeze that was blowing hard and then the salt water come in. But I don’t see why that should affect them.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So you said this has been happening for three days, have you tried to contact fisheries or anybody?”

 

Elic Logan

“Well just this morning one of my friends came here and I told him about it and he called the head of the fisheries department.”

 

The Fisheries Department has already collected water samples for testing. While those results are pending, it has been confirmed that the oxygen levels in the river are extremely low.

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1 Response for “Mysterious fish death in the river”

  1. enlightened one says:

    why would the oxygen level in the river be low

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