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Mass Fish Kill Discovered in Presque Isle State Park, Indiana


“ERIE, Pa. — A state environmental biologist says a large fish kill along the shores of Presque Isle State Park in Erie is “natural” and “no cause for alarm.”

People walking along the shore of the park’s Misery Bay noticed large numbers of dead fish Tuesday and alerted authorities.

Jim Grazio, a Great Lakes biologist, tells the Erie Times-News that 99 percent of the dead fish were gizzard shad. The fish is a freshwater herring that is very sensitive to cold temperatures and temperature changes.

Grazio, who works for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, says the fish began dying in January but they were hidden by ice on the lake. The cold temperatures also slowed the decomposition of the fish, which became visible and washed ashore as the ice melted.”  Source.

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