SAVANNAH, Ga. — Despite the Ogeechee River fish population making a comeback after a massive fish kill in 2011, some anglers say they’re not rushing to eat them just yet.
An estimated 39,000 fish died in 2011 near a King America Finishing outfall pipe that was discharging into the river without a permit. Investigators said pollution was likely among several factors that killed the fish.
The Savannah Morning News reports the Georgia Department of Natural Resources restocked the river with about 275,000 redbreast, 100,000 largemouth and about 150,000 bluegill.
Senior fisheries biologist Joel Fleming says there are about five times as many larger redbreast sunfish in the river as there were last year.
Despite that, some anglers say they’re avoiding fishing or swimming in the river because of concerns over lingering pollution.