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Cold water may have killed fish, shrimp in SC

Feb 28, 2011 7:41:00 AM - thestate.com
The Natural Resources Department says cold water may have killed fish and shrimp along the South Carolina coast.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Monday that early samples were lower than expected for sea trout. Officials say that's a bad sign for red drum and shrimp.

Fisheries management director Mel Bell says the cold in December and January doesn't appear to have been as bad as the winter of 2000-2001, which destroyed virtually the entire shrimp population and many sea trout. The agency says it took two years for shrimp to recover then and five years for sea trout.

Hundreds of thousands of menhaden were found dead on Folly Beach in January. Thousands of starfish were found dead on Isle of Palms in December in an earlier cold spell.

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