Larry Baldwin "Neuse River Fish Kill Is Over"

The fish kill has ended -- it's the word from Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin.

Baldwin says millions of Menhaden were killed over the past few months and that an exact cause isn't known. He says recent runs out on the river show the fish kill is over, but that staff will continue to monitor the waters for futher activity. Baldwin says he's sent a public information request to numerous state agencies to get monitoring and sampling data along with water quality documents that date back to June of this year.

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Fish are still dying in the Neuse River.

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin says, the Menhaden fish aren't dying as rapidly, but that the sizes of the dead fish are getting larger in the 5 to 6 inch range.

His last number of dead fish was in the 50 million range.

Baldwin surveyed the river Wednesday and says along with the dead fish, seagulls are gathering in large numbers near the edge of the river. Baldwin says the primary reason for the fish kill is due to lack of oxygen in the river.

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Experts say millions of fish found dead in the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina probably suffocated.

Multiple media outlets reported more than 2 million fish have died in the river in the past week. Test results are expected next week. But experts say it appears low-oxygen saltwater along the river bottom mixed with the upper layers of fresh water.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Institute of Marine Science in Morehead City have been measuring oxygen levels along the bottom of the river. Professor Hans Paerl says conditions were "ripe for a fish kill." He says high winds and recent storms helped stir the water.

Paerl says tests have found no conditions other than low oxygen that could have killed the fish, mostly Atlantic menhaden.


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  • by scottman Location: newport on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM
    you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Me Location: Crazy Town on Oct 24, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    Yay!!!!!!!! - We won't have to hear Larry's falsified science propaganda - At least until next summer when more fish kills naturally occur. Ann - Where are your data to support such a claim? If it is a problem what did you have for breakfast? Sausage, ham? If you are concerned about hog pollution quit eating hog. Oh - too much of a sacrifice - OK.
  • by Red Location: Ontario on Oct 24, 2009 at 02:57 AM
    Is the fish kill over because there all dead? Anybody thought of that? I didn't go to school for 59 years but it makes sense to me.
  • by Ann Location: Duck Creek on Sep 19, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    The Neuse receives enough hog waste to equal the amount of waste produced by a city the size of New York. Is it any wonder that the river is a mess. Look at the brown stuff floating on the surface. Is there any connection between low oxygen and the amount of waste?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Scott, UNC is the largest liberal controlled university in the state. If there was anything out of the ordinary, they would have loved to scream like a girl to the media. Kimmo, having been on the river many years, it is cleaner now than ever. It is monitored by every organisation known to mankind. Most of the time this happens, it is attributed to oxygen levels in the water. The other side will always say it was manmade. They hate that is wasn't attributed to mankind. Those of us who are on the river take care of our resouce, we fish in, swim in with our kids, it not in our best interrest to pollute it.
  • by Scott Location: Mt. Olive on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    It doesn't matter what experienced people say. Unless you payed the money for the slip of paper you don't know anything.
  • by bubba Location: ozville on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    You know, i wonder if anyone harvests these dead fish to make chum bait. There is a really good market for that????
  • by Kimmo Location: Belhaven on Sep 11, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    It's nice that the UNC folks were able to confirm what the water men (and women) have been saying all along.
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