Kill is a sign of Imbalance

News coming from down east last week wasn’t good.  Recent weather changes combined with excess nutrient runoff from heavy rains earlier this year that I documented in a previous post have combined to create excess algal growth and low oxygen conditions in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico estuaries.  News reports on both the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico describe millions of menhanden dead and washed ashore.

Fish kills of this magnitude are troubling and typically happen in the late-summer and fall.  They indicate that efforts to better control nutrients in the river need to be maintained or increased if we are going to see a more balanced and resilient estuarine ecosystem.

Image Source: Star News


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