Don't eat fish with lesions under throat

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The state Marine Resources Divisions says
people should not eat fish caught in Mobile Bay with lesions
visible under its throat.

The Mobile Press-Register is reporting that fish have been caught all over Mobile Bay during the last two months with the distinctive lesions, including trout, redfish, catfish, flounder, mullet and sheepshead.

State biologists have so far been unable to pinpoint a cause.

The head of the Marine Resources Divisions, Vernon Minton, said
the best theory now is that it is environmentally induced, relating to sudden fluctuations in temperature and the large influx of freshwater from heavy rains.

Auburn scientists speculated that an extra heavy dose of
pesticides and fertilizers flowing into the bay from heavy rains in
north Alabama also might have played a role.

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