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Fish Kill Leaves Foul Smell In Port Orange

by the Fish Site Editor
16 September 2009, at 1:00am

FLORIDA, US - Hundreds of fish in the Port Orange retention pond are turning up dead.

Officials believe the fish kill could be the result of depleted oxygen levels.

According to Central Florida News, that retention pond is a popular exercise spot near Port Orange City Hall.

A Port Orange spokesman says reports of the fish kill began coming in Sunday night (13 September) and says as many as 250 fish have died.

That is far fewer than in 2003 when this same retention pond had another fish kill. The spokesman says 1,200 dead fish were plucked from the water then.

"You've got a variety of carp, bass and some bait fish and a few catfish so it's contained within a population,” said Kent Donohue, Port Orange spokesman. “When the population gets so big, the levels change from the fecal matter as well as the oxygen level."

the Fish Site Editor