Wardens Investigate Large Fish Kill in San Joaquin River.

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Published: 10/16/01

Wardens Investigate Large Fish Kill in San Joaquin River.

Fish and Game wardens are investigating a huge fish kill in the San Joaquin River near Lathrop.

A fisherman discovered thousands of smelt, sturgeon, striped bass and salmon dead in the water and alerted authorities.

Officials say the fish have not been dead very long, but it is not obvious what killed them. The dead fish are located just downstream from a number of large industrial plants, and in an area that is subject to the outflow from farm fields. Investigators also point out the dead fish are in an area where treated waste water flows into the river, but they say fish kills in the area are very rare.

Fish and Game wardens are asking boaters to stay out of the area until they determine what killed the fish.
 


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