Why are dead fish washing up along banks of Seneca River?: Your Stories

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We’ve had some of our viewers asking why dozens of dead fish have washed up along the banks of the Seneca River.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it’s normal.

A spokesperson says it happens in the spring because many fish are physiologically stressed going into the spawning season.

Plus, their immune systems are compromised because of rapidly changing temperatures this time of year.

Those factors, combined with viral, bacterial or parasitic outbreaks, can lead to localized die-offs and it usually only hits one or two species of fish.

The DEC says the fish in the die-off are adult Sunfish.

If you want to know what’s happening in your neighborhood or have a question you want answered, give the Your Stories team a call at 315-446-9900 or email us at YourStories@LocalSYR.com.

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