MASS FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents Across The United States – Large Amount Of Dead Fish Washing Ashore In The Presque Isle Bay, Pennsylvania; Over 9,000 Pounds Of Dead Fish Wash Ashore Along A Lake In Illinois; Thousands Of Dead Fish Washing Up On The Shores Of Chicago Area Lakes; And Harsh Winter Blamed For Dead Fish At Lakes Across Indiana!

April 02, 2014 – EARTH – The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass fish die-offs across the United States:

Large Amount Of Dead Fish Washing Ashore In Presque Isle Bay, Pennsylvania

A lot of dead fish are starting to wash up along Presque Isle bay. But biologists say there is no reason to be alarmed.

It is a die off of gizzard shad, a fish very sensitive to cold weather. And often, large numbers of the fish die over the winter, then are pushed on shore when the ice melts on the bay.

Last year’s kill was huge. Experts doubt there will be a repeat this spring. But they do expect more shad to be washing ashore in the coming days. They say the best advice is to stay away from the fish.

WATCH: Gizzard Shad Die Off in Presque Isle Bay.

Great Lakes Biologist Nate Irwin said, “I mean they are rotting fish. So obviously you don’t want to be near them, touching them, or letting your dog play with them.

So just avoid them. They are just a natural part of the system.”

The biggest problem created by the annual die off is the foul smell, especially when the weather warms up. – WSEE12.

Over 9,000 Pounds Of Dead Fish Wash Ashore Along A Lake In Illinois
It’s a fish kill so massive that Citizen’s Lake hasn’t seen something like this in over 35 years. You can already see and smell the decay and as temperatures start warming up they say it’s about to get a lot worse.
Over 9,000 pounds of fish suffocated underneath thick ice after this harsh winter. Ken Russell is a fisheries biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources who’s been taking care of this lake for over 50 years. 
He said this is a tragic year for the fish and anglers, but what you see now is only a fraction of the amount of fish that’ll be rising to the surface, belly up.
“As the water warms the fish carcasses that are on the bottom will gradually bloat,” said Russell. “Some of them will never come to the surface. But it’ll be several week and it won’t be a pleasant sight, which it obviously isn’t a pleasant sight now.”
Russell said logistically it’ll be very difficult to remove the tons upon tons of rotting fish. 
But city officials are worried about the stench because a campground sits right across from the lake. For now, they’re not sure if they’ll have the manpower to remove all the fish carcasses and they may have to let most of the decompose

WATCH: Over 9,000 Pounds Of Fish Dead, Washing Up To Shore At Citizen’s Lake In Monmouth, IL

“The word was ‘wow’. I can’t believe this,” said Monmouth City Clerk Susan Trevor. “It’s amazing to see and it’s also very sad.”
Susan Trevor said she hopes citizens and campers will be patient as they’re trying to figure out a clean-up plan. 
Ken Russell said there isn’t a health hazard with the dead fish because the lake isn’t used for swimming or drinking water. He said by summertime all the dead fish should be gone and they’ll be busy restocking. 
“You just let the carcasses decompose and the nutrients then go back into the food chain,” said Russell. “Hopefully this won’t happen again for many, many years.” 
IL-DNR said it’ll take about 2 years to repopulate Citizen’s Lake, meaning fisherman and anglers alike won’t be able to fish here for quite a while. 

IL-DNR said fish kills are normal on lakes and ponds this time of the year. It happens when light cannot go through the ice. This slows the growth of algae and plants that produce the oxygen. This is more likely to happen in shallow ponds compared to deeper ones. That’s because deeper ponds have a greater volume of oxygen and are more likely to sustain fish. – KWQC.

Thousands Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Shores Of Chicago Area Lakes

By the thousands, fish are dying in the shallower man-made lakes of the Chicago area.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports that the long, cold winter is to blame.

At sunset Tuesday night, two neighbors came to the edge of Lake Linden in Lindenhurst to get a first-hand look at the catfish, sunfish, pike and others that have washed up. The deaths are the result of the heavy ice cover that now persists into April.

“The sunlight’s not able to penetrate through into the water and that reduces over time, the dissolved oxygen levels and that stresses the fish out and eventually if it gets low enough, the fish will die,” said Mike Adam, senior biologist for the Lake County Health Department’s lake management unit.

WATCH: Thousands Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Shores Of North Suburban Lakes.


Lake Linden is now a big draw for gulls and crows who peck through the ice to get at the growing number of fish carcasses in the water. Residents who live along the 31 acre lake are worried about the summer.

“It’s very sad cause there’s some really big fish, some big catfish that are out there, so it’s kind of sad we’re losing the big ones too,” said Lindenhurst resident Kathy Gernady.

“It’s another example of how harsh our winter was this year,” said Adam.

If this fish kill goes on much longer and it might, the owners of these lakes will have to think about restocking for the future.

Experts say the brutal winter will not mean fewer mosquitos or ticks. – CBS Chicago.

Harsh Winter Blamed For Dead Fish At Lakes Across Indiana
Mud Lake in Chain O’ Lakes State Park. WANE Photo

Some northern Indiana lakes are seeing large numbers of Harsh winter blamed that wildlife officials blame on this winter’s severe cold.

Fisherman Robert Schultz tells WSBT-TV he found some banks of Pike Lake near Warsaw covered with hundreds of dead gizzard shad.

WATCH: Dead fish discovered at Pike Lake.

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That’s a species of fish that the Department of Natural Resources says is less tolerant of the freezing temperatures that hit the area over the last few months. The DNR has had reports of similar fish kills at other lakes, including Winona Lake on the other side of Warsaw.

While many of the dead shad have been eaten by birds or other fish, Schultz says he expects to see more.

Source: AP


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