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Catfish deaths a mystery in Mineral Palace Park lake
City workers say other species of fish and waterfowl continue to thrive in Mineral Palace Park's Lake Clara.
Hundreds of bullhead catfish mysteriously died during the weekend at Mineral Palace Park, and more continued to go belly up on Monday.
The City Parks and Recreation Department had few answers and explanations for the schools of dead and dying fish in Lake Clara.
Thousands Of Dead Fish Line Brevard River
State wildlife officials are searching for what killed thousands of hardhead catfish in a Brevard County, Fla., lagoon.
The rotting fish were discovered at Rotary Park in Suntree and can be smelled by motorists along U.S. 1.
"I don't know what it is, but it doesn't smell very good," Marty Smith of Melbourne told Local 6 News partner Florida Today.
State wildlife biologists gathered fish samples to send to the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.
"We're not going to know about what's causing the kill until we get samples in," biologist Loanna Torrance said.
An official identified the dead fish as hardhead catfish, the same species that washed up in the area on Sept. 22 and 23.
In the summer of 1996, thousands of hardheads floated up dead in the lagoon. Biologists never identified the exact cause, but suspected a virus that killed only hardheads.
Catfish kill attributed to stress from high water temperatures
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa State environmental officials say a fish kill that left 17 channel catfish dead in the Wapsipinicon River is being blamed on stress from high water temperatures.
The fish _ ranging in length from 12 inches to 20 inches _ were discovered by Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff in a stretch of the river below the Independence Impoundment Dam.
The D-N-R's Bryan Hayes says the kill appears to have taken place over three or four days this week. He says stress is the cause and not pollution.
Hayes says healthy catfish were located downstream.
Summer's catfish die-off mystifies DNR
RAPIDAN, MN - The state is investigating the death of thousands of channel catfish on the Blue Earth and Watonwan rivers, behind the Rapidan Dam. It's the first catfish die-off area officials and river residents can recall.
"I've never seen dead catfish behind the dam in 50 years," said Jim Hruska, owner of the Rapidan Dam Cafe.
Hugh Valiant, of the Department of Natural Resources fisheries division, said no one in his department can recall a catfish kill on area rivers.
"It's pretty noteworthy," Valiant said. "We'd really like to find cause of death."
Scientists: Virus likely cause of catfish kill
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama. (AP) -- Dead catfish have washed up by the thousands on the Alabama coast, and scientists say they are probably victims of a virus that also struck in 1996.
The fish washed up Tuesday, spread over miles of beachfront at Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Alabama conservation officials said many more would wash up Wednesday.
Scientists sent tissue samples to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for testing, with results due back in about a week, said Mark Van Hoose of the Alabama Marine Resources Division.
In May 1996, tens of thousands of hardhead catfish were killed Gulf-wide by what scientists later determined was a virus. The catfish virus hasn't killed mass numbers of fish since then.
What a sea-change! Life’s no more a beach
Last month, Juhu beach saw an entire school of fish (eels, the snake-like fish with long mouths and small fins) washed ashore right along the coastal stretch. This episode happened barely a couple of days after scores of dead catfish were found floating in the sea at the southern tip of the city’s seafront between Gateway of India and Sassoon Dock. In all probability, these fish were a catch discarded by a fishing trawler. However, in the case of the dead fish found at Juhu, such a possibility was ruled out.
In order to gauge the magnitude of sea pollution, samples of water along Mumbai’s four different beaches were examined. The testing of the waters was conducted at Envirocare Labs Pvt Ltd (ELPL), an environmental technology laboratory in Thane, one approved by the Ministry for Environment and Forests.
The tests that were conducted examined various parameters like `pH’ levels, dissolved oxygen levels, total nitrogen, ammonical nitrogen, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand and the presence of heavy metals like mercury and cadmium present in the seawater. The results of the test took a week’s time and the findings are rather stunning. At certain stretches, the sea is so toxic that it is almost like the waters are poisoned, say ELPL officials.