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A ‘Sudden Occurance’: Authorities Investigate Thousands Of Fish Deaths In Ohatchee, Alabama


By Dixon Hayes, WBRC – “OHATCHEE, AL (WBRC) – Investigators are trying to find out what caused a massive fish kill below Neely Henry Dam in Ohatchee.

The fish were discovered Monday morning by an Alabama Power worker reporting to his shift at the dam. He saw a few dead fish before dawn, then in daylight saw many more.

The state Department of Conservation’s Wildlife Division joined officials with ADEM and Alabama Power Monday morning to take fish, temperature and water samples. They estimate some 13,000 fish were killed in a very short period of time either late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Most of the fish were smaller fish like shad and drum, but some larger game fish, including crappie, catfish, and bass, also started washing up.

Dan Catchings, who works with the Wildlife Division’s Eastaboga office, says it wasn’t an oxygen problem because the fish had plenty of oxygen. He also doesn’t believe it was bacteria or parasites, because the fish would’ve died more gradually if that were the case.

‘A bacteria kill, or disease kill, will begin at low numbers and will accumulate over a period of days, the numbers will increase. But this has been a real sudden occurance,’ Catchings told Fox6 News

‘There’s apparently something toxic in the water that’s working on the fish,’ Catchings added. ‘Something affected them very quickly and very acutely.'” Read more.

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