Aug 24, 2010 4:32 PM by Melissa Canone

Dead Fish Likely killed from Lack of Oxygen

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - State officials say thousands of dead fish
floating at the mouth of a shipping channel likely died from a
seasonal lack of oxygen - and not the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Bettween 5,000 and 15,000 dead fish were found Sunday, collected
in pockets of spill boom near the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.
Species included crabs, sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout and
red fish.
An investigation and samplings by the Louisiana Department of
Wildlife & Fisheries showed the area was hypoxic.
"They estimated the fish to have been dead for approximately
five days," said Laura Deslatte, spokeswoman for the state Officer
of Fisheries. "Preliminary results indicate nutrients in the river
caused fish death more likely than oil."


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