Dead fish and big questions linger on banks of Bayou Grosse Tete

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 7:04pm

People living along Bayou Grosse Tete found a bunch of dead fish floating in the water near their homes over the weekend. While many of the fish bodies floated away with the recent rains some of the bodies are still stuck on the banks of the bayou. Residents want to know what caused the kill.

"Probably a hundred fish laying behind my house, and they stink like heck," Jessie Romig, who lives on Bayou Grosse Tete, said.

Romig is a fisherman. He explained Friday the shad were swimming fine, but Saturday it was a different story.

"Woke up Saturday morning and walked back here," He said. "There was thousands dead, thousands of thousands dead."

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials said they investigated kill and found oxygen levels were an issue.

"The oxygen level in the kill area was below what the fish could survive on, " Mike Wood, LDWF Director of Inland Fisheries, said.

Now the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is trying to figure out what caused the oxygen levels to dip.

It's a mystery Romig wants solved. Romig has fished his whole life, but he stated he's never seen anything like this in Bayou Grosse Tete.

"For this one bayou to have it there has got to be something in the bayou in the water," He said.

Romig hopes officials can get to the bottom of this fishy situation fast before it affects peoples businesses.

"A lot of people are trying to dip shad for the crawfish farmers and stuff," He said. "They don't need them to be dead in the bayou, because they dead in the bayou they are no good."

DEQ investigators plan to go out and inspect the area along the bayou Wednesday morning.


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