Fish Mortality Study
Georgia Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Anthony Rabern explains how a shrinking “bubble” of oxygen-laden water in Lake Hartwell contributed to never-before-seen deaths of striped bass in late summer of 2013 and 2018. The Georgia DNR tracks fish movements within the reservoir using transmitters surgically embedded inside 39 striped bass released into Lake Hartwell earlier in 2019. Rabern compares the fish movements with water quality information gathered by the Savannah District’s fisheries biologist, James Sykes and Natural Resource Specialist Jess Fleming.