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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fish Dieoff in Farm Ponds


The water comes and now the water goes………The high heat and lack of precipitation the last few weeks is predicted to continue this month. Ponds filled by spring and early summer rains are dropping their levels very quickly in our area. Some landowners are beginning to experience dissolved oxygen depletions leading to chronic fish losses, particularly in small, intensively managed catfish ponds that may contain 1,000 pounds of fish per surface acre—but other ponds are certainly not immune from this issue. 
Dr. Billy Higginbotham has provided the “My Fish are Dying” fact sheet that can be used as a resource for the next few weeks in case of this problem.