MNR takes samples after reported carp kills at Beaver Dam Lake | Regional news
Some unwanted guests washed up on the shores of Beaver Dam.
Residents recently reported the appearance of large amounts of dead carp, both on private and public property. A complaint was forwarded to the state’s Department of Natural Resources, which took samples for laboratory analysis. Fisheries management technician Mark Baldock said the fish did not look well in various stages of its death, with cloudy eyes, parched skin and unusually attached to the shore.
An alert issued by the DNR on Wednesday said the investigation found that thousands of common carp from last year were dead or in poor condition following a complaint filed on May 27. Samples have been sent to the lab for analysis as the situation is still under investigation, possibly including sending cooler samples to the lab as the weather warms.
“Use common sense and stay away from areas of dead fish,” the alert said. A dead pelican also appeared and was transferred to Wildlife Health, although it is not known if this is related.
Baldock said the cause of the problem is still unclear and that there are many diseases in fish, and while it is difficult to try to determine it, I hope there will be answers.
Bill Foley of the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association noted that there had been an outbreak of herpes koi among carp in Lake Sinissippi, which occurred in 2014, and also questioned the impact of the suspension of commercial contracts to control carp on Beaver Dam Lake in the recent past. .