Giant fish kill in Chesapeake Bay
MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stolzfus said reports of a fish kill came in last week from Calvert County and Kent Island. The fish--mostly croakers-- died due to the stress of the cold water in the bay.
Water temperatures have dropped rapidly and now are at about 2 degrees Celsius, which is nearly as cold as they've ever been for late December, MDE said.
"A recent survey showed a very strong population of spot in the Bay this year, which could mean a lot of juvenile spot, so increased juvenile population and limited habitat could have compounded the issue," said Stolzfus.
In late January of 1976, records show that about 15 million spot died of winter stress in the bay.
Marylanders are asked to call MDE at 1800-MDE-GOTO to report fish kills.
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