Residents stunned by size of Misery Bay fish kill

March 23, 2011 – ERIE, Pa – Cathy Pedlar and Kathryn Hamilton were walking by Presque Isle State Park’s Misery Bay on Tuesday afternoon when they spotted thousands of dead fish along the north shore. Pedlar said she’s seen dead fish before, but never like this. “I haven’t seen this density before,” she said. Park and state officials were notified and a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection official investigated. “This is a natural fish kill, no cause for alarm,” Jim Grazio, a Great Lakes biologist with DEP’s Office of the Great Lakes, said after inspecting the dead fish. He said 99 percent were gizzard shad and he believed their death was a natural event caused by temperature change. Grazio said the gizzard shad, a freshwater herring, is notoriously sensitive to cold temperatures and temperature changes. He also said more than the usual number of the fish were born in 2010 for unknown reasons. A lot of them didn’t survive,” he said. The fish began dying in January and were under the ice, unseen until warmer temperatures caused a melt and the fish began washing up on shore, he said. There wasn’t much decay because of the cold. Gizzard shad, which aren’t typically eaten by people, form the base of the food chain for other fish, like lake trout, steelhead and walleye, Grazio said. But because of the large number of gizzard shad born in 2010, the kill won’t cause other fish to go hungry this year, he said. Grazio said the fish kill isn’t isolated to this area and dead gizzard shad have been reported all around the Great Lakes basin. –Go Erie
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1 Response to Residents stunned by size of Misery Bay fish kill

  1. Toddalan1 says:

    I thinks it’s funny how the “experts” always say, in other words: nothing to see here, move along…


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