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Restocking starts at lake where spray helped kill 200K fish

October 10, 2018

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says that it has begun releasing fish into Lake Bowen, where more than 200,000 fish died this year.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports the Tuesday release of about 85,000 fish is meant to help replenish the lake’s fish population that was decimated following the lake’s algaecide treatment.

The agency says the algaecide was linked to the May fish kill, which is considered one of the state’s largest fish kills ever.

Spartanburg Water spokesman Chad Lawson says the fish released this week were blue gill, the primary fish affected in the kill. Lawson says they were tiny, with about 3,000 of them weighing a total of 1 pound.

Spartanburg Water says other species of fish will be released later.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/

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