Dr. Richard French aids in fish kill diagnosis

Location of Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, NH.

NWDC pathologist Richard French, based at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, was called upon to assist when a fish kill occurred at Spofford Lake in southwestern New Hampshire in mid-June. Unusual numbers of dead sunfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed), and lesser numbers of several other species were observed dead on the lake’s shores, prompting NH officials to submit samples to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish Health Center in Lamar, PA. Whole specimens were also submitted to Dr. French. You can read the full story and the apparent cause of the die-off at NH Fish and Game’s website.

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