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Tupelo park is dealing with sick fish

Approximately 1,700 sick catfish were put in Veterans Park Lake in Tupelo on April 17 for the annual fishing rodeo.

Posted: Apr. 23, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Apr. 24, 2019 10:27 AM

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recreation director tells us that sick catfish were brought in for a fishing rodeo last week. wtva's evan hensley joins us now live with if this should be concerning to the public... this shipment was ordered and delivered through a third party alongside the mississippi wildlife and fisheries the shipment brought 1,700 fish to the veterans park lake behind me according to alex farned, the director of parks and rec for the city of tupelo... these fish were purchased through a new vendor the fish were put in the lake on wednesday of last week and by friday... the day of the rodeo... around 150 had died farned said during the rodeo... kids struggled to catch fish out of the lake he said it was a bacterial disease which caused the school to die... alex farned "it can only be transimted form catfish to catfish. you ahve tons of fish in the lake... the bass, the crappie, the brim they are fine. they are good to eat even the catfish are good to eat... just like everything else you have to cook food properly." farned estimated that around 85 percent of the fish have died he told me that this issue just gives them something else to look out for in the coming years... reporting live in tupelo eh wtva 9 news the city
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