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LDWF investigating fish kill in Lake Charles due to Hurricane Laura

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 17:34:40-04

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries staff are investigating a fish kill in Lake Charles, in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

Staff will be conducting an assessment to determine what species are impacted and the extent of the fish kill, according to a release from the Department.

Fish kills can be associated with large amounts of rainfall and stormwater carrying organic matter into bayous and canals connected to lakes. This organic matter may consume high amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water, thereby “suffocating” aquatic life.

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Additionally, high winds and rains of a hurricane can cause the varying cool and warm waters to mix too rapidly and deplete oxygen levels, which can also cause fish kills.

For information on how to report a fish kill or more information about the causes of fish kills, visit LDWF's fish kill webpage.

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