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Restocking the river
Thousands of fish released into the Ogeechee in effort to replenish populations after May fish kill
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Chris Harper, hatchery manager for the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division fish hatchery in Richmond Hill, grimaces while lifting a net of splashing fingerling bluegill. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources released over 300,000 mostly fingerling fish into the Ogeechee River at the Highway 24 landing Wednesday.
A handful of citizens, legislators and wildlife officials watched Wednesday as thousands of tiny, baby fish were released into the Ogeechee River. The move was part of a restocking plan to replenish the river’s fish population after a massive fish kill in May. About 38,000 fish of multiple species died from a columnaris, bacterial disease caused by environmental stress.
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