Millions of dead fish in Texas – 08/04/2005 (pre-katrina)

  • October 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm #866

    Millions of dead fish washing up on local coast

    Literally millions of dead fish are lining the coast in Matagorda and
    it’s causing a smelly problem.
    By Laura Whitley
    ABC13 Eyewitness News
    (8/04/05 – MATAGORDA CO., TX) — Miles and miles of dead fish are
    turning up in Texas waters and it’s hitting Matagorda especially

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    From the sky, a sea of white is covering the mouth of the Colorado
    River. Upon closer look, you’ll see dead fish – millions of them.
    “Unbelievable if you haven’t seen it before,” said Matagorda County
    Commissioner George Deshotel.

    The stunning images of devastation run for miles. It’s one of the
    largest fish kills people in the town of Matagorda have seen in

    Ronnie Dodd runs a spring bridge and watched dozens of fish die from
    his perch.

    “The flounder were trying to get to the side of the edge of the bank
    and trying to come up and get air,” he told us.

    Surprisingly, this is a natural event caused by stagnant water and
    little wind, rain, or flow.

    “Millions of these menhaden come in from the Gulf into the Colorado
    River and because of low tidal action and low wind action, there’s
    nothing to replenish the oxygen in the water,” said Deshotel.

    Texas Parks and Wildlife is closely monitoring the situation.

    “It’ll run its course, and when it’s done, it’s done,” said Bill
    Balboa with Texas Parks and Wildlife. “It may happen again, but it
    happens all up and down the coast.”

    But for now, Matagoda is the worst place…a place with a community
    that depends on the fish that are quickly dying.

    The fish began dying a few days ago. If the menhaden keep coming in
    and the conditions don’t change, more can die. And that’s not good
    news for the local economy.

    Back in 1995, there was a similar situation. Then, 60 million fish
    turned up dead. If you see dead dish, shrimp or crabs, contact the
    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s 24-hour hotline. That number is
    (Copyright © 2005, KTRK-TV)

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