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Poisoned fish spoil visit to park pond

HUNDREDS of dead fish floating in a pond revolted visitors to Quyang Park in Hongkou District over the weekend.

In response to complaints, park officials explained that they had killed the fish using a drug "safe for humans" to improve water quality and end illegal fishing in the park. But an unpleasant fishy smell still covered the area yesterday afternoon, where workers were collecting the dead fish in nets.

The fish started dying in large numbers since park officials poisoned the fish, and workers probably collected hundreds of kilograms of dead fish over the weekend, according to some park visitors.

"Isn't that cruel? There might have been a better way to do it, such as relocating the fish to somewhere else," said one young woman.

Park officials said the poisoning was part of ongoing efforts to improve water quality in the park.

Visitors used to pay to catch fish in the pond. "We closed the business and banned fishing at the pond months ago, but the chance of free fishing only attracted more people," said a park official who asked to remain unidentified.

The pond was closed after fears that people would become ill after eating fish they caught there, the official said. Aquatic experts had been consulted before workers poisoned the fish with a drug not deadly to humans.


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