Fish kill on the Red River

Wednesday, February 4th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DURANT, Okla. (AP) _ State biologists from Oklahoma and Texas are investigating a fish kill near the Red River upstream of Lake Texoma.

Biologists believe golden alga, a toxin producing organism that causes fish gills to bleed internally, is the culprit.

This is the first time the naturally occurring toxin has been documented in Oklahoma. Officials say it's an isolated event.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began an investigation after area fishing guides reported dead and dying gar and shad in Lebanon Pool, a 150-acre off-channel lake in Lake Texoma.