Kothagudem: Thousands of fish were found dead in Singabhupalem tank in Sujatha Nagar mandal in the district on Saturday. The reason for the incident was said to be lack of oxygen and release of excess quantity of fish seedlings into the tank by the local fishermen.
The dead fish, both fishlings and grown ups, would weigh over five tonnes, said the local fishermen society president B Suryam.
Water in the tank was also used to irrigate fields in the mandal and recently water was released to paddy fields which resulted in depleted oxygen levels in the tank. The problem was compounded by the presence of fish in excessive quantity, officials explained.
Source said during the current season, about 7.45 lakh fish seed was released into the tank. In addition, the local fishermen released around 80,000 fishlings.
District Fisheries Officer Varada Reddy told mediapersons that the officials advised against releasing additional fish seeds but the fishermen undermined the advice. Another reason for the death of the fish could be fungal infection, he said.
Following the advice of the officials the fishermen have sprayed anti-fungal medicines on the tank waters.
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