Hundreds of Fish Die in Warm Interior Lakes

State Game and Fish officials have suspended a fish stocking program after fish were found dead in warm lakes.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- State Game and Fish officials have suspended a fish stocking program after fish were found dead in warm lakes.

Temperature shock is being blamed for the deaths of hundreds of fish that were put in Ballaine Lake on Tuesday.

The rainbow trout and Arctic grayling were raised in a hatchery that had a water temperature of about 42 degrees. They were transported to the lake at about the same temperature.

But the lake itself was about 76 degrees.

Fish and Game officials say lack of oxygen was also likely was a factor.

Dead fish were also found in two lakes in the Delta Junction area after they were stocked on Wednesday.

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