EDEN, N.C. — A crew with the N.C. Department of Water Resources spent the day on the Dan River catching fish for testing.
Jeff DeBerardinis says checking wildlife like fish is a priority after the coal ash spill into the Dan River at the beginning of the month.
He and Mark Hale collect fish samples by “electrofishing.”
“You basically electrify a field in front of the boat and fish are basically stunned. They float up and roll over and we’ve got a netter up front that will scoop them up,” explained DeBerardinis.
Some fish are left behind alive. Others are taken to a lab where they’re tested for metals like arsenic, lead and iron, found in coal ash.
They’ll either be processed into filets to test what a human would eat I r tested as an entire fish body like what a bird would eat.