LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WECT) – The turbulent weather this winter is killing a species of fish at Lake Waccamaw, according to state park officials.
Gizzard shad, a species particularly sensitive to changes in temperature, started washing ashore last week.
Prevailing winds send the dead fish to the area of Canal Cove and Waccamaw Shores, explained Toby Hall, state park superintendent. He said crews counted about 150 dead shad last week.
"We're hoping with temperature changes starting to do a gradual increase, that we won't see as many of these fish kills," Hall said. "But if we're going from 70 degree days, dropping back into the twenties, (there is) a potential that we're going to see some more of these fish wash up."
Common in the Waccamaw River, gizzard shad have been able to swim across the dam from the river into the lake recently due to high water levels, according to Hall.
Residents spotting dead fish are encouraged to call the state park so rangers can determine if more water testing is needed.
Hall stressed the fish kill is not connected to the two invasive plants that have been found at the lake.
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