A fish kill is often an indication of poisonous pollution in the water, and should be treated very seriously and with caution.
What to do:
o Take pictures to document evidence if possible!
o Note the number and species of the dead fish.
o Note the exact location of kill and time it was spotted.
o Note the appearance/ behavior of the dead/dying fish.
o Note the color or appearance of the surrounding water.
o If possible identify the source of any pollutants in the water.
o Avoid skin contact with the contaminated water or fish.
Who to contact:
If you notice numerous dead fish or unusual behavior such as fish coming out of the water gasping for air, call the following three numbers as soon as possible:
Georgia Wildlife Resource Division and Environmental Protection Division:
404-656-4300 (Metro Atlanta)
770-387-4900 (Cartersville/North Georgia)
1-800-241-4113 (Statewide) 24-hour availability
* Provide your name and contact information, so that a DNR representative can call back for additional information.
Call CRBI at 706-232-2724 or fill out our online incident report form