Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Louisiana, USA
Lake Buhlow in Pineville has been closed after hundreds of fish died because of a low oxygen level, officials reported.
The dead fish are causing quite a stink – literally – but only if you are near the lake. As of noon Wednesday, the smell could not be detected from U.S. Highway 165, which runs near the lake.
A news release from the city of Pineville said the lake will be closed until early next week, which was recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.
“City of Pineville officials were notified early this morning of what is commonly called a ‘fish kill’ occurring at Buhlow. Subsequent testing has showed the oxygen level in the lake to be below .01 and that oxygen depletion is causing the killing of ‘bait fish’ around the lake,” the Pineville news release said Wednesday.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause the boating and fishing public.”
Most of the dead fish that can be seen are near the banks. There were no accumulations of dead fish in the open area of the lake.
Most of the dead fish are 3 to 5 inches long, but some are game fish about 8 to 10 inches long.
Barricades have been placed at the entrance to the lake to keep vehicles out.
Courtesy of thetowntalk.com