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40,000 perch found dead along a 4-mile stretch of the Potomac River
Originally published February 21, 2007
More than 40,000 yellow perch have washed up along a four-mile stretch of the Potomac River in Southern Maryland.





The cause of the fish kill is not known, but the Maryland Department of the Environment is investigating whether the recent cold snap might have played a role, said Robert Ballinger, a spokesman.

The location, between Swan Point and Morgantown in Charles County, is near a power plant, but investigators have concluded that it was not responsible, Ballinger said. "We are looking to a wide range of possible causes, from the cold snap to wind gusts to fishermen," he said.

A resident of Swan Point spotted the fish kill Monday afternoon while walking along the river and called the state agency's hot line for reporting fish kills. A team of MDE investigators is examining the river and the fish, which include a few striped bass.

"It's thousands and thousands of fish. There are places where you just walk on the fish," said Ed Merrifield, the Potomac Riverkeeper, part of an environmental organization. "Right now, it's a mystery, and we'll have to figure it out."
 

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that's one way to keep the fyke netters from getting them:eek::D
 

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"The location, between Swan Point and Morgantown in Charles County,is near a power plant, but investigators have concluded that it was not responsible, Ballinger said. "We are looking to a wide range of possible causes, from the cold snap to wind gusts to fishermen," the DNR spokeman said. "


Does this sound odd to anyone else- "We're not sure what the heck happened, but it couldn't have been the power plant." ???????????

Wind gust?????

Fisherman?????? I know we all have days when we catch and release 80,000 fish, only to have half of them turn belly up........
 
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