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Disaster Declared for Gulf Fisheries After Extreme Floods

Sept. 25, 2019, 7:59 PM

A “catastrophic regional fishery disaster” has been declared for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama after extreme flooding across the central U.S. swept fresh water into the salty Gulf of Mexico.

Low salinity in Gulf waters caused by an unusually high volume of fresh water spilling down the Mississippi River has been blamed for the massive number of dead oysters, shrimp, and other marine life this year. The flooding followed an extremely wet winter and spring, which also flushed pollutants from cities and farms into Gulf waters.

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