Posted at: 09/06/2013 6:42 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Nearly 5,000 fish have turned up dead in the lower Pecos River in Carlsbad.
Game and Fish officials tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 the reason the fish die off is because of a microscopic plankton in the river called golden algae.
The alga does not affect other wildlife but does kill the fish off quickly.
Officials said they don’t have a way to prevent the algae but fish should be able to survive there within a week.
A worker with Carlsbad Public Works said he’s seen this before.
"It's sad. I knew the fishes were going to start dying because of that golden algae. I've seen it before and it's happening again," said Felipe Villareal of the Carlsbad Public Works Department.
The last golden algae kill was in 2010.
Game and Fishofficals told KOB that since then they have stopped stocking the area with catfish.