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100,000 Dead Drumfish Wash Up In Arkansas (VIDEO)

100,000 Dead Drumfish Wash Up In Arkansas (VIDEO)

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?

From CNN:

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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8:05AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:02PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Our President and Govenors don't give a crap about anything. I could of even been from what happened in Japan. Do you think they would tell us the truth? NOT!!!

2:16PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Yes, disease caused by pollution and pesticides -- THAT kind of disease.

2:23PM PST on Jan 7, 2011

I think that it was pollution.

11:27PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Thanx for post.....

7:54PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Since, these re bottom-dwelling fish, if disease is not responsibile, could it be some sort of chemical pollution that had fallen to the bottom of the river.
If the latter is the case, will we ever be told the truth? Maybe, we need another 'leak'!!!

To Robert B.: Who turned you into such an antagonist person? Your rantings are not about illegals, they are about your own self-loathing.

12:26PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Disease? Unlikely. I say pollution and experimenting. Oceans are suffering along with their inhabitants, all thanks to human ignorance.

12:25PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Disease? Unlikely. I say pollution and experimenting. Oceans are suffering along with their inhabitants, all thanks to human ignorance.

11:02AM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Very sad! First thousands of birds drop dead all of a sudden, now these poor fishes, they don't stand a chance when we humans do not give a second thought when we race against time, to achieve the impossible. What a pathetic sight!

8:45PM PST on Jan 5, 2011

I find this all disturbing birds now fish all in the same area.

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