Cold weather freezes thousands of fish in OS Harbor - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Cold weather freezes thousands of fish in OS Harbor

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - On Saturday morning, WLOX reporter Sylvia Hall was working on a story about the Ocean Springs Harbor when she came across thousands of dead fish. The fish were Mullet.

Department of Marine Resources Director William Walker says this is very common in extremely cold weather coupled with low tide. The fish become trapped in shallow water then die of hypothermia. He says D.M.R. does not clean up the fish because most people pick them up and eat them.

"There is nothing wrong with the fish," said Dr. Walker.

Dr. Walker says there was a similar incident in Hancock County a few days ago.

WLOX also spoke with Earl Ethridge of the Department of Environmental Quality who said the dead fish pose no environmental hazard.

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