Dead Fish Showing Up At Greenville Town Common

There are more reports of fish kill today in the east, another result of Hurricane Irene and the massive amount of rain she dumped.

Thousands of small fish were found dead at the Greenville Town Common along the Tar River. Some larger fish were coming closer to shore to try and find oxygen.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources says fish kills often happen after hurricanes, or any other time when there is a lot of rain, creating storm water runoff. The water gets polluted quickly, but also, as all the debris in the water tries to degrade, it uses up a lot of oxygen. That can steal the oxygen the fish depend on to survive.

Similar fish kills have been reported to the state after Irene, in Beaufort County and in Bertie County.


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  • by Gang Related? on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    Anytime there is a killing/murder in Greenville, you can't rule out the gang's involvement. Maybe this time it was the "Strips" and the "Bloodworms". lol
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      by Billy on Sep 2, 2011 at 03:37 AM in reply to Gang Related?
      too funny
  • by rain? Location: enc on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Get real, water doesn't kill fish-dirty water washing pollutants into the river kills fish.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:39 PM in reply to rain?
      Pollutants do indeed kill fish but they are not the only factor. Drastic environmental changes such as flooding can flucuate the oxygen levels in the water beyond what the fish are able to cope with. Here is a link to a PDF with a deeper explanation http://lakewatch.ifas.ufl.edu/circpdffolder/fish_kill_LR.pdf
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        by Audra on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:23 PM in reply to
        Thank you, Anon... these comments were starting to give me a headache. lol At least a couple of people are educated about the dynamics involved.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 08:53 AM in reply to
        WOAH WOAH WOAH - edumacation materials! That sort of stuff is not allowed in these parts!
  • by BLAHammed on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    I see Rahm Emanuel in this picture.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 07:11 PM in reply to BLAHammed
      Well, if you saw a shred of competence in the Bush Administration then you can dream up about anything.
      • reply
        by BLAH on Sep 2, 2011 at 02:19 AM in reply to
        I dont think you get the joke.Rahm's nickname is dead fish.He got it from putting a dead fish in somebodies mailbox.
  • by Kat Location: Jville on Sep 1, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    There's been dead fish poping up in the Roanoke River in Martin county too!!
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      by Wharf rat on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:51 PM in reply to Kat
      I opened a can of sardines yesterday and they were all dead!!
  • by ECUFISH Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    You should see the people harvesting striped bass by the cooler full at Town Commons. They should realize that the season is closed for striped bass regardless if they are dead or dying. The other species can be harvested per NCWRC regulation digest. The state doesn't have to fund an investigation when we know it is a result of low dissolved oxygen and natural processes with excessive rain and water turnover.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    Really... no one thinks fish can die in a hurricane without pollution.. .seriously?
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      by No! on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:12 PM in reply to
      Water doesn't kill fish-they live in it-remember?
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        by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:41 PM in reply to No!
        Bacteria doesn't kill people-we are covered in it-remember?
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        by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:21 PM in reply to No!
        Fish don't live in 100 mph winds and thrashing debris, and they aren't normally jammed into the areas that flooding drags them. They also have to be able to breathe in that water, and the mud and other junk stirred up tends to choke off that supply. If you think rain was the only result, turn on your TV. Think before you type.
  • by Dave Location: Below on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    It's a sign..^_^
  • by Poi on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    Something smells fishy here!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Pollution is so nasty
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      by You're Right! on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:17 PM in reply to
      There should be a law!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    Of course, the state will have to fund an investigation that will cost millions of dollars only to find the fish died from the effects of the hurricane. Of course they could pull the money from the pond tadpole counters and eat the shrimp for the shimp treadmill tank.....to fund it.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 07:09 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Don't you have enough real stuff to gripe about? Now you have to make up predictions and moan about those.
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      by G-Nasty on Sep 2, 2011 at 08:06 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Just like the people had to fund BILLIONS on a war in Iraq to get all those weapons of mass destruction under Bush! Oh wait...
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