Blue-green algae kills thousands of fish in Missisquoi Bay

A dead fish lies among seaweed on the shore at Missisquoi Bay in St. Armand/Phillipsburg, south of Montreal, on Saturday Aug. 18, 2012. Thousands of dead fish are washing up on the shores of the bay, and residents blame the amount of blue-green algae that has bloomed in the water recently, robbing the fish of oxygen.(Aug 21, 2012) Mayor Réal Pelletier has lived along the shoreline for 20 years, and said he’s never seen a sight quite like the scene on the lake now.He estimated that anywhere between 3,000 to 4,000 dead fish are piled up on the shore.He says at least two kilometres of shoreline is covered with rotting fish. Pelletier said he contacted the environment ministry and the natural resources and fauna ministry to alert them of the problem. Though employees of the environment ministry came to test the water, both ministries told him they could not help clean up the fish. The smell was so vile that residents were forced to close their windows in order to escape it. Theories abound, but no one knows for sure which and to what extent the common factors contributed to the sequence of events that unfolded Thursday into Friday.“I’m waiting for the results from the (environment ministry), Pelletier said. “I hope they’re going to do more tests and find where it comes from, because I know the water is really low this year, but it can’t be only that.”

(Zephaniah 1:2-3) “I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord.I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.”

(Hosea 4:3) “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”

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