Clean Up Water That is Giving Fish Cancer

smallmouth bass by Timothy Knepp

Target: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Demand: Improve water quality in the Susquehanna River so fish stop getting cancer.

A catch by a fisherman proved a bit worrisome to people in Pennsylvania last year when a Smallmouth Bass looked to have a large mass on its face. Recently, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced that, after tests were performed, it was discovered that the tumor on the fish was cancerous.

Studies have also found that there are plenty of fish in the Susquehanna River with lesions and sores. Environmentalists worry that such things are caused by poor water quality which will eventually affect the population of Smallmouth Bass. This needs to be addressed immediately.


Dear Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission,

You recently announced that a Smallmouth Bass caught in the Susquehanna River had a tumor on its face that was found to be cancerous and that other fish have been found with sores and lesions. If the quality of water is poor, the wildlife in the river will be affected which could lead to a decrease in the fish population. We must take care of our wildlife. We the undersigned urge you to develop a plan to improve the water quality in the Susquehanna River in order to preserve the wildlife populations.


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Photo credit: Timothy Knepp

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