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Rare Fish rescued in Bonnet Carre’ Spillway

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Caught up in the rush of the water are thousands of fish including federally endangered fish like the paddle fish and sturgeon. As the water recedes, these fish are trapped in shallow ponds.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 / 05:39 PM CDT

/ Updated: Jun 30, 2020 / 05:44 PM CDT

The Army Corps of Engineers opens the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway when the Mississippi River is running high.

The spillway is designed to protect New Orleans and levees down river.

Caught up in the rush of the water are thousands of fish including federally endangered fish like the paddle fish and sturgeon.

Army Corps of Engineer Park Ranger Rusty Munson was alerted to three trapped sturgeon.

Munson arrives before they die from a lack of oxygen.

We tagged one here in 2008 when they opened they opened the Spillway back up in 2011, captured the same sturgeon.

Last year we tagged 160.

If someone catches one, they can call and report where they caught it and how big it was…”

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