Mass die off of #eels washing up in #LakeChamplain in #Vermont, #USA

Jeff Medor was fishing for bowfin with his sons on Lake Champlain in eastern Alburgh when one of his kids caught something unusual: an American eel.

While that eel looked healthy, that same week they spotted another one on shore, dead.

“And then another one and another one,” he said. “I think we’re up to six here.”

Bernie Pientka, a fisheries biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the state has received reports of 16 dead eels washed up on northern Lake Champlain so far this year — up from one last year.

“It’s not necessarily huge,” he said. “But it’s not a common occurrence.”

The dead eels being reported are larger fish, probably 8 to 10 years old, that seem to be prepping for migration, he said.

Courtesy of vtdigger.org

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