State wildlife experts are investigating a large fish kill at Myrtle Grove. Thousands of dead pogies, catfish and crab surfaced at the canal, and the boat launch all day, just days after Hurricane Barry’s storm surge moved out.
First it was Barry and the floods that followed. Now fishermen in this prime area are having to deal with a smelly large fish kill at a popular boat launch.
Pearl Young, who has fished the Myrtle Grove marina for years, said she didn’t like what she saw today, or smelled.
She fished right off the dock and had little luck, while others went farther out to find clean water.
The fish kill comes just days after Hurricane Barry pushed storm surge into this area. Huge sandbags used to shore up the levee are visible from the launch and many say it’s not unusual to see dead fish like this after tropical weather.
Thousands of pungent-smelling dead fish were visible hundreds of yards from the launch, but fishermen went out anyway to try their luck and checked their spots.
The fish kill created a feeding frenzy for seagulls.
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Thousands of farmed catfish farmers in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Province, died of fungal disease during the dry season towards this transition.
“During the dry season, approximately 15 thousand catfish harvest is almost dead so we lose because the cost of feed and seed purchase is quite high,” said Romel, power Pembudi catfish in Pangkalpinang Thursday.
He said not only catfish that almost harvest disease, but also about 20 thousand seedlings catfish aged two to three weeks also died.
“We’ve been trying to prevent the spread of the fungal disease, but the effort was in vain because every day there are hundreds of dead catfish,” he said.
According to him, every year leading up to and during the transition into the catfish breeding season dead due to changes in water temperature.
“At present, we can not do anything and can not do anything else because the efforts to prevent the disease in vain,” he said.