Update on the Pamlico fish kill

Environmental, Sound Rivers

Posted on October 21st, 2021

Last week, reports of a major fish kill, from Broad Creek to Blounts Bay, were called in by several people. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality got out on the water Tuesday, and by Wednesday, they had discovered bottom waters were pretty dead (no oxygen), expecially below two meters in Blounts Bay. They also saw signs of algal bloom activity, which can cause fish kills. Testing to find out what type of algae is in progress.

According to Sound Rivers’ Executive Director Heather Deck, this summer’s rainfall has led to the influx of nutrients causing, yet again, more blooms and dead water. On the Pamlico on Wednesday, thousands of dead and dying menhaden could be seen from Blounts Bay to Bath, as the wind has pushed the decaying fish to the east.



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