Massive fish kill found in Plaquemines Parish

Massive fish kill found in Plaquemines Parish
Plaquemines Parish Government

POSTED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:25am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 5:11pm

The offiical cause of death for the thousands of fish that were found dead in Plaquemines Parish is attributed to low oxygen levels in the water. The report was filed by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

This is an NBC33 News Update. The original story is listed below.

BAYOU CHALAND, La (WVLA)  On Friday, September 10, tens of thousands of fish were found dead in the Bayou Chaland waters, which is located in Plaquemines Parish. Of the fish found were pogies, redfish, drum, crabs, shrimp and freshwater eel.

A formal report on the cause of death has not bee completed, but oil has not been ruled out as a factor. You will recall that Plaquemines Parish has been heavily bombarded by oil due to the BP well leak. Parish President Billy Nungesser is asking for a quick and immediate response to determine whether or not sweet crude is the culprit for the mass death.

“We can’t continue to see these fish kills,” Nungesser said in an official statement. “We need some additional tests to find out why these fish are dying in large numbers. If it is low oxygen, we need to identify the cause.”

NBC33 News will have more on this story tonight at 5 p.m.

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