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Fish die-off in Canandaigua Lake

Thursday, June 26, 2014
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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — A bacterial infection is being blamed for killing fish in one of the Finger Lakes.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that more than 1,000 dead fish have been removed from Canandaigua Lake's public shoreline in the past few days.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation took fish samples Monday and preliminary test results showed that the fish are suffering from columnaris. The bacterial infection is affecting mostly smaller fish like sunfish and perch.

State health officials say there is no danger to humans swimming in Canandaigua Lake during the fish die-off.

There is no treatment for the fish disease and it is generally left to run its course.

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