Srinagar: Thousands of fish have died at the world famous Dal lake in Kashmir capital, Srinagar on Friday spreading a foul smell in the tourism vicinity with fisheries department citing “thermal stratification” as a reason despite a moderate temperature in the valley.
As per reports, the residents in peripheries of Dal lake were shocked to see thousands of dead fish floating on the surface of the water body.
“We found dead fish in large numbers at different places in the water-body with a foul odour around the area,” said Manzoor Ahmad, a local resident.
Meanwhile, officials in Fisheries department said “it happened due to thermal stratification, a change in the temperature at different depths in the lake.”
Feroz Ahmad Bhat, Dean, Faculty of fisheries at SKUAST-K said “the fishes may have died due to low concentration of oxygen in the lake.”
“The pollution and increase of weeds decreases concentration of oxygen in a lake, it also happened in Nigeen Lake in the past as well,” he added.