DNREC Continues to Monitor Delaware Shoreline
for Dead Croakers Reportedly Killed Off Assateague
August 3, 2004
DNREC Secretary John A. Hughes said that by 9:30 this morning, approximately 2,000 additional dead adult croakers have washed ashore on Delaware beaches. The Department has made one pass through the unincorporated section of Fenwick Island and is working north through the state beaches to clean up the fish after receiving approval from the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to dispose of the fish and cover them with lime at the Jones Crossing landfill.
DNREC tested for bacteria yesterday and is taking ocean water samples today to test for bacteria, dinoflagellates, red tide and Pfiesteria.
We have no indications of any harmful algal blooms or Pfiesteria
in the water and the fish show no lesions or other behavior attributable
to these exposures, but were taking precautions, said
Hughes. Yesterdays test results for bacteria were well
below threshold levels and were testing
According to Delaware DNREC Fisheries Administrator Roy Miller, Maryland Department of the Environment also had no indication of harmful algal blooms or reason to suspect Pfiesteria in the water. As of 9:30 a.m. today, Maryland had not closed any beaches, noted Miller.
Were in constant contact with Maryland and if any water
quality issues turn up, well have advance warning and be prepared
to make any decisions affecting Delaware beaches, said Hughes.
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