Heat causes thousands of fish to suffocate in golf course ponds

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Recent high temperatures caused thousands of fish to die in West Oahu.

A viewer reached out to us via Report It asking us to look into dead fish at West Loch Golf Course.

According to a spokeswoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources:

“There were an estimated 5,000 to perhaps as many as 10,000 fish who began to suffocate from very hot water and were gasping for air at the surface on Friday, continuing into Saturday. Warm water holds less dissolved oxygen than cold water, so summer is the time when fish can have a hard time getting enough oxygen.”

The fish included tilapia, awa, barracuda, and a few papio and mullet, officials said.

The city removed the fish.

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