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Could you provide me with information on the problems in the Salton Sea?

Birds: Information on Salton Sea bird die-offs can be found through the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Web site.   Information has been issued by the center through their Quarterly Wildlife Mortality Report.

Fish: There are several species of Tilapia in the Salton Sea. By far, the most abundant is Tilapia mossambica. This fish was accidentally introduced by nearby fish-rearing facilities in the 1960s, and it has proliferated as the salinity has increased. This is the species that now comprises the majority of fish involved in massive die-offs and is suspected of having a role in the deaths of fish-eating birds from avian botulism.

Another good information resource is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Web page.

Learn more: The USGS Salton Sea Science Office

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