Investigate Mass Fish Die-Off

Fish_Kill_by US Fish&Wildlife Dept

Target: Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

Goal: Investigate the cause of two alarming mass fish death events in a New York river.

For the second time in two weeks, fish in the Peconic River in New York State have been dying off in massive numbers. Bunker fish, a baitfish plentiful in the area, are turning up dead by the thousands for reasons that remain unknown to experts. Some suspect that it is a simple lack of oxygen in the water, but other residents fear that it could be due to pollution from a nearby sewage plant or from an excess of pesticides washing into the river from a local golf course.

Even if these mass-die offs are not a result of a rise in pollution which would signify a larger problem, the ecosystem surrounding the Peconic River will feel the effects. Larger and rarer fish will be left without food and be unable to survive through the winter, while larger animals that prey on fish, such as the endangered bald eagle, will also find food scarce. Without these filter-feeding fish, algae will proliferate and further reduce the oxygen levels in the river, causing more negative effects for the entire river system.

These mass-die off events are highly alarming and should be addressed immediately in order to stop any further damage to the wildlife in the area. Rather than simply hiring fishermen to clean the river, New York should be investigating the cause of the issue in order to ensure it stops happening. Sign the petition below to demand an investigation into these disturbing mass die-off events.


Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo,

Thousands of Bunker fish recently washed up dead on the shores of New York’s Peconic River, marking the second time in two weeks that an alarming mass fish die-off has occurred. While experts have not yet discerned the exact cause of the events, some suspect that sewage from a nearby plant or pesticides from a local golf course could be responsible. Whatever the cause, these events will be felt by the entire ecosystem as food becomes more scarce and oxygen-reducing algae proliferate.

While some localities have employed staff to help clean the mess, no investigations into the cause of the events have been launched. In order to avoid further harm to the Peconic River ecosystem, it is imperative that the cause is discovered. We, the undersigned, urge an expert inquiry into the causes of the die-off, and action by New York State to repair the damage.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Cat Jefferson says:

    You can’t fix a problem if you don’t get out there and find what caused it in the first place! How stupid to NOT investigate!

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