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Cancer in smallmouth bass from Susquehanna confirmed

Written by The Associated Press | May 5, 2015 10:32 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Biologists are confirming the first case of cancer in a smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says laboratory tests confirmed the presence of a cancerous tumor on the mouth of one fish taken from the middle section of the river near Duncannon in Dauphin County.

Commission biologists say they've observed sores and lesions on many smallmouth bass in surveys of the river since 2005, but this is the first confirmed cancer.

Catch-and-release rules were already in place in the section of the river where the fish was caught.

Director John Arway says the commission will renew its request for the Department of Environmental Protection to add the Susquehanna to the list of impaired rivers.

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Comments: 1

  • Larry img 2015-05-05 16:18

    The Susquehanna River should not be listed as impaired, but should be listed as distressed as rated by the river ratings.

    Senators Aument and Smucker voted against clean air, water, and a sustainable habitat for all.

    Please vote Senators Aument and Smucker out of office.

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