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Public Warned Not to Eat Fish from Pymatuning Reservoir in Crawford County
Officials Investigate Cause of Large Fish Kill
May 27, 2010
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Harrisburg — The departments of Environmental Protection and Health and the Fish and Boat Commission have issued a “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory for all species of fish taken from the Pymatuning Reservoir in Crawford County while officials investigate the cause of a large fish kill that has occurred over the past two weeks.

The advisory was issued after approximately 2,500 dead fish were found in various locations in the reservoir beginning on Saturday, May 15.

Water samples have been collected and are being tested at the DEP laboratory in Harrisburg. Fish samples are being tested by the Fish and Boat Commission and at Cornell University. The Ohio Department of Parks is assisting in the investigation.

The Do Not Eat consumption advisory will remain in place until investigators can determine that there is not a danger to public health and safety.

Media contacts:

Tom Rathbun, DEP; 717-787-1323
Eric Levis, Fish & Boat; 717-705-7806
Holli Senior, Dept. of Health; 717-787-1783

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