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Half-Million Asian Carp Feared Dead in Massive Fish Kill

Scientists are investigating a massive fish kill in Western Kentucky.  Around half-a-million Asian Carp are reported dead.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the die-off on the Cumberland River  this week occurred just below the Lake Barkley Dam. Only Asian Carp were killed. Aquaculture Specialist Bob Durborow hasn’t seen anything of this magnitude in his 30 years of experience. He’s currently testing specimens.

“Their eyes looked like they were live their gills looked they were from live fish they were a good specimen to check,” said Durborow.  “So, I feel confident that what we find from these fish might give us an indication of what is actually the problem.”

Durborow says a lack of oxygen may be the cause but he’s also investigating the possibility of parasites bacteria and viruses.  Durborow says it could take upwards of a month to complete all tests. Meantime the half-million fish carcasses will be flushed down river.

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Assistant Station Manager.