Dead fish discovered in Bristol park - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Dead fish discovered in Bristol park


More than 100 dead sun fish were found at a popular fishing location in Bristol Thursday morning.

"I just came the other day with my son and there is fish all around dead everywhere," said fisherman Paul Scheliaski.

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental said heavy rains on Wednesday and storm runoff are believed to be what killed the fish in a pond in Page Park.

"This was a combination of not only the heavy rain, but the long period between rain that we had," DEEP officials said to WFSB in a statement. "That allowed pollutants to accumulate and all get washed in at once."

Officials with the city of Bristol just heard about this incident Thursday after some residents called the parks and recreation office.

DEEP employees were sent to the pond to assess the situation. Some fishermen at Page Park are putting what they catch back into the water.

"That smell is terrible and I see all kinds of dead fish and it's not normal," said Bryan Allmeker, who added he is not eating what he caught Thursday.

Others told Eyewitness News what they see doesn't bother them.

"I've been fishing all my life and there is nothing wrong it that fish. I'll eat them all day long," said one unidentified fisherman.

DEEP officials said there is a chance this could happen again, but it's not very likely.

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