Hundreds of dead fish wash up along Chesapeake canal

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Chesapeake, Va.- Over the weekend hundreds of fish washed up along the shore around the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.

Local fisherman that live along the Gilmerton Canal in Chesapeake contacted Newschannel 3 Sunday morning about the wash up.

The  fish were found on the shore stretching from the canal into the Deep Creek waterway. Hundreds more were also seen floating.

It is not clear the exact type of the fish, but fishermen believe a majority of them are trout.

Fishermen believe that the long and cold winter is to blame. Plus, a Dominion Power plant that used to discharge warm water into the area no longer runs. They referred to it as the hot ditch.

"Now that the power plant has ceased operation, there is no more warm water. There is no more hot ditch."

Therefore, the fish aren't surviving in the cold water.

They say their hope is that the fish will somehow adapt to the new temperature pattern of cold water.

"There is no replacing the hot water source," said Czarny.



  • Michael Gordon

    This has been going on for most of the winter. I have been eating a lot of the fish as the cold water preserves them. Many I have been taking are still alive all I have seen are Spectled Trout.

  • William Arthur

    I work on Tug boats and about a month ago we got word on our radio that two Vietnamese fishermen was catching them illegally. According to the game and fisheries department when they got to them, they already have dumped 100,s in the water. Trout and Striper

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