2 million dead fish found in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay

By on Jan 7, 2011 in United States, Weird Comments

Maryland, USA – Around 2 million dead fish were found in Maryland, with just a few days ago after about 100,000 fish were found dead in northwest Arkansas.

According to press release issued by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), an estimated two million dead fish were found at Chesapeake Bay and is now under thorough investigation.

As posted on its official website on Wednesday, initial investigation shows that the fish kill is most likely caused by natural death which apparently the cold water may have aggravated, in which the first reports came in to their knowledge a week ago.

The report added that this recent fish kill may have happened in the center of the bay from the Bay Bridge to Poplar Island, in which the fish may have suffered from ‘cold water stress’.

Apparently, most of the species affected were said to be the so-called juvenile spot fish, which is about 3 to 6 inches long, and is being known to be finding difficult to survive in extreme cold water.

Incidentally, the data of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Bay Program (DNR) revealed that last month’s 0.5 degrees Celsius temperature was the coldest December in 25 years.

Meanwhile, initial investigation showed that the quality of water in the Chesapeake Bay appears to be sustainable by that large population of fish, but an extensive analysis will also be performed.

As of this writing, MDE is working in tandem with DNR to obtain additional fish tissue samples that may help them the real cause of the fish kill.

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