Thousands of fish found dead in Wolf River Harbor

Published: Jun. 26, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2016 at 9:37 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Thousands of fish were found dead in Wolf River Harbor.

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According to Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, roughly 5,000 fish were found dead about three days ago.

Aquatic biologist Allen Pyburn said it is due to dissolved oxygen in the water because of high temperatures.

"This fish have actually died probably two days prior to [when] the event actually occurred--about a week ago from now," he said.

Pyburn said the only fish found in the water are silver carp fish and they are dying because there is little to no oxygen in water.

"Basically you have a layer of water down deep that is really low in oxygen," Pyburn said. "Without the O, the fish are sadly suffocating."

Pyburn said the water is not harmful to humans, only to fish, and he said this happens every year.

"Give it three of four days and of course the scavengers will do what they do and the fish deteriorate really quickly," he said.

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