2009-08-20 / Sports

Field Notes 08/20/2009

Major fish kill reported on Black River

AREAWIDE — The Dept. of Environmental Quality and Dept. of Natural Resources are jointly investigating what they call a significant fish kill on the Black River in Sanilac and St. Clair counties stretching for more than 12 miles.

A press release issued by the DNR shows that an apparent large discharge of manure from a farm field adjacent to Seymour Creek may be to blame in the widespread killing of many older game fish including smallmouth bass, Northern pike, channel catfish, rock bass and greater redhorse, a rare species.

DNR Fisheries biologists were called upon to count and categorize the fish killed and report that it is too early to know the impact on the mussel population in the river. The DEQ emphasized that it will assess all probable causes before pinpointing the farm field in question and assessing damages.

Field Notes by Lisa Paine

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