Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of the Sparks Marina Sunday
SPARKS, Nev. -- Over the course of 48 hours, thousands of dead fish have washed up on the shores of the Sparks Marina and it's leaving scientist puzzled.
Each year, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDWO) puts thousands of trout into the Marina along with catfish and bass, but now some of them have ended up in piles on the shore.
"If this happened in August, no one would even bat an eyelash; you'd know what was going on, it'd be high water temperatures, low water oxygen content in the water. Why it's happening now is the mystery of it," Chris Healy, NDOW representative, said.
After testing the water, a biologist has determined that low oxygen levels in the water is the cause, but the question lies on what's depriving the man-made lake of its oxygen.
"There are thousands upon thousands, maybe to a million fish in this place, so losing a couple of thousand isn't a major deal, but losing the oxygen out of the water is the mystery," he added.
The good news is, it's only happening in the shallow parts of the lake near the cove, so it's still safe to fish and eat them.
"It doesn't mean the water's bad quality, it just means something happened inside the water the plants that grow inside, use oxygen and things like that," said Healy. "We're going to get to the bottom of this. It doesn't seem to be any reason for an advisory that the fish are not edible."
SPARKS--The Nevada Department of Wildlife is dealing with a fish kill at the Sparks Marina.
“It looks like we have thousands of fish who have died,” says NDOW Fisheries Biologist Chris Crookshanks. “Trout, bass and even catfish have perished in the past 24 hours.”
Crews are on scene now cleaning up the dead fish.
Chris Healy with the Department of Wildlife says it appears low oxygen levels may be the reason behind the kill, but official water tests are still pending.