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Dead Catfish In Fresno Ponding Basin

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Fresno's ponding basins are known for holding water to help recharge the underground aquifer but who knew a few basins have fish.

Friday a viewer contacted KMPH Fox 26 News to say that at least 100 catfish were dead on the banks of a ponding basin in northeast Fresno.

Within an hour after contacting the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District a team was at the ponding basin on Nees east of Cedar to investigate. 

They tested the water and collected a few small fish that were still alive.  Paul Allen is facilities manager for the flood control district.  "We're gonna collect water samples that will be analyzed to see if it's a water quality issue as well as collect some samples of the fish to take them to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Allen says the ponding basin is one of the few in Fresno that holds water year round and that is why there is a fish population.  So how do catfish end up in the basin?  He said, "They actually come in thru the transplanting of mosquito fish and things like that as well as people possibly throw them in at times."

Late Friday afternoon State Fish and Wildlife said the potential cause of the fish kill was linked to Aeromonas Hydrophila.  It's a bacterium that is mainly found in a warm climate in fresh water. 

The flood control district says it will collect all of the dead fish and have them incinerated at the Fresno SPCA.

 

 

 

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