Fish kills could be a continuing summer theme

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Cape Girardeau, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has received a high number of contacts this summer regarding fish kills across the southeast region of the state. Record-high temperatures and drought conditions are the most likely cause. According to MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Dave Knuth, the heat and drought cause oxygen levels to decrease in the affected bodies of water.
“Fish and other aquatic animals need oxygen to live, and each body of water will be different in the amount of oxygen that it can hold or produce,” Knuth said.
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