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Stormy Waters for Smallmouth Bass
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
HARRISBURG - The smallmouth bass is in trouble in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, and a new report from the Chesapeake Bay foundation points to a perfect storm of pollution, pesticides and other factors as a major reason why. Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania executive director for the foundation calls it a deadly serious situation for a prized game fish that experts say generates $166 million for local economies and supports 13 hundred jobs. “They are suffering from disease and extensive die off, particularly the adults and the young of years, the degree to which many fishery scientists fear that this vitality important economic driver of an aquatic species is at or near collapse.” Because smallmouth bass are intolerant of many types of pollution, experts liken them to the "canary in the coal mine." In other words, a solid gauge of water quality.
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