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Fish deaths on the Oder – "Something never experienced"

Created: 08/11/2022 Updated: 08/11/2022 12:21 p.m

Fischsterben in der Oder
There has been a massive fish kill in the Oder. Authorities in Brandenburg warn against using the river water or coming into contact with it. © Frank Hammerschmidt/dpa

Is it the heat – or toxic chemicals that may have been dumped illegally in Wroclaw, Poland? In the Oder the fish are dying en masse. Commercial fishermen are shocked.

Frankfurt – Commercial fisherman Henry Schneider expressed his shock at the massive death of fish in the Oder. The economic consequences cannot yet be assessed. “We haven’t seen anything like it before. Dead fish are everywhere. There are many,” said the master fisherman. He runs a fifth-generation family business in Brieskow-Finkenheerd in the Oder-Spree district, not far from Frankfurt (Oder).

Fischsterben in der Oder
A dead fish swims in the Oder near Brieskow-Finkenheerd. The Oder is the border river between Poland and Germany. © Frank Hammerschmidt/dpa

So far, he sees no direct consequences for his current business. “We’ll get through the summer well,” said Schneider. Since the Oder is extremely low water, he stopped fishing in the Oder three weeks ago and switched to other waters. Whether spawning and juvenile fish have died can only be seen in a few months. “It can end badly, or it can be that the residents get off lightly.”

The river bathing area in Schwedt an der Oder has been closed as a precaution, as a spokeswoman for the Uckermark district administration said on Thursday in Prenzlau (Brandenburg). The association that operates the bathing area responded to the recommendation of the Uckermark district to avoid contact with the river water. After the fish deaths in Frankfurt (Oder) and surrounding regions became known, other districts also called for avoiding contact with the water.

There has been a massive fish kill in the Oder. Authorities in Brandenburg warn against using the river water or coming into contact with it. In Poland, the public prosecutor’s office in Wroclaw (Breslau) is investigating a possible environmental crime. It was still unclear on Thursday whether toxic chemicals were the cause. dpa

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