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Posted at 2:25 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Giant fish kill in Chesapeake Bay

By Elizabeth Flock

Hundreds of thousands of small fish have died in the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Department of the Environment said Tuesday.

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.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 4, 2011; 2:25 PM ET
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Anyone who BELIEVES the nonsense about the water being too cold for the fish should send a letter to the POPE in Rome asking to be nominated for SAINTHOOD.

Posted by: polecatx1 | January 4, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

unbelievable; so many stories servicing related to 'dying/dead animals and the answers given are the most simplistic 'go about your business type' that people so crave in order not to think outside their comfort zone; I don't know, but cold and cannons seem of fantasy

Posted by: aypub | January 5, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

aypub is right about the seeming of fantasy.

We have fish freezing to death in water that has not turned to ice, birds falling out of the sky do to fireworks in one state but not in the state next door, and we have white-nosed bats who are dying because they hang out in Mayor for Life's office SNORTING COCAIN.

Tell me some more IMAGINATIVE stories; I don't heed the GLOBAL WARNING.

Posted by: polecatx1 | January 5, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

recte: due

Posted by: polecatx1 | January 5, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Visit Maryland DNR's Eyes on the Bay website ( to see data/story ( that shows record low water temperatures in the Chesapeake Bay in December 2010.

Posted by: BayData | January 5, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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