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Wednesday, October 19 • 9:20am - 9:40am
Fisheries. The Temple-Inland Incident Fish and Mollusk Kill in the Lower Pearl River, Louisiana and Mississippi, August 13 – 24, 2011: The Response, Monitoring Efforts, Lessons Learned and Effects on Current Management Decisions and Philosophies

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AUTHORS: Gary Vitrano, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

ABSTRACT: On August 13, 2011 at 1300 hours, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality responded to several calls from the public about an extensive fish kill occurring in the lower Pearl River from just below Bogalusa, LA to Pool’s and Walkiah Bluffs downstream. Several agencies closely coordinated efforts to mobilize their collective fisheries personnel to provide a comprehensive account of the aquatic resources impacted on the Pearl River Basin from the unauthorized release of pot liquor by Temple-Inland Inc. An estimated total of 591,561 fish and mussels were lost as a result of the event. A major point source fish kill has many implications and consequences. The long-term implications may vary, but the initial responses and follow up actions can have a direct impact on restitution amounts, legal actions, intra- and inter- agency relations, and management policies and philosophies. This report addresses the Pearl River incident with a focus on three sequential segments: the initial response and report; the monitoring effort and report; and post incident management philosophies.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 9:20am - 9:40am
Riverview A

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