An estimated 100,000 dead drum fish have washed up in the Arkansas river, reports CNN.
What’s going on in Arkansas? Yesterday I wrote here about the dead red-winged blackbirds that fell out of the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on New Year’s Eve. Officials originally estimated their number at around 1,000, but now say there could be as many as 5,000 dead blackbirds.
And now all these fish?
Arkansas officials are investigating the death of an estimated 100,000 fish in the state’s northwest, but suspect disease was to blame, a state spokesman said Sunday.
Dead drum fish floated in the water and lined the banks of a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near Ozark, about 125 miles northwest of Little Rock, said Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. A tugboat operator discovered the fish kill Thursday night, and fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals to conduct tests.
Stephens said fish kills occur every year, but the size of the latest one is unusual, and suggested some sort of disease was to blame.
Ozark lies about 125 miles west of Beebe.
Drumfish are a bottom-feeding fish, not a game fish, and as you can see in this video, Arkansas officials are encouraging people to keep fishing.
I wonder how well they are succeeding?
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