Pennsylvania seeks data from anglers on diseased fish

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launched an electronic system for anglers reporting diseased fish they catch and observe in the Susquehanna River.

The move is part of the commission’s continuing effort to gather more evidence to support its case for additional state agencies to begin recovery efforts for the river, according to The Patriot-News.

“Everything from Viagra to Prozac is ending up in our rivers and streams at measurable concentrations,” commission member Vicky Blazer said in a video discussing the future of the Susquehanna River.

The commission is gathering that information through an online form on its website.

The form asked the anglers to report the location of their catches, including GPS coordinates for that location; a description of the location, such as “approximately 100 yards downstream of Rockville bridge;” and the nearest town.

Additional information sought on the form includes the date and time of the catch, the condition of the fish, the number of fish observed and the proportion that seemed to have the condition, the approximate size of the fish and water conditions.

The form is the commission’s latest effort to push action along to begin recovery efforts on the Susquehanna, which appears to suffering from a variety of stresses.

Click here for the full report.

Click here to view a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission video about the effort.

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