Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fish kill reported in Misery Bay; Department of Environmental Protection are investigating - 22nd Mar 2011

Two women walking along the north shore of Presque Isle State Park's Misery Bay reported at about 2 p.m. today what they said were thousands of dead fish.They also said they saw several dead birds as well as a dead turtle and rabbit.

An official from the state Department of Environmental Protection headed to the area to investigate. Jim Grazio, a Great Lakes biologist with the DEP's Office of the Great Lakes, said most of the fish were gizzard shad and he believed their death was a natural event caused by a temperature change.

A few other species of fish were also discovered among the dead. In the case of the handful of northern pike, the cause of death could have been stress from spawning, he said. Source