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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Monitoring & Assessment
Aquatic Species Kills
in New Mexico

A fish kill site...  Image courtesy Adobe Stock Images.

(505) 827-0187

New Mexico Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau in conjunction with New Mexico Game and Fish Area Operations Regional Offices investigates known aquatic species kills.

Aquatic species kills can be attributed to either human activities or natural causes. Generally, aquatic species kills in New Mexico are due to low dissolved oxygen, botulism, and algal blooms.

Many aquatic species kills are from unknown causes. This is generally due to kills not being reported to authorities quickly enough. Causes of kills, especially in streams and rivers, are generally short in duration. While this can still have large effects killing large numbers of individuals the cause may have disappeared by the time authorities can get to the scene. For this reason notifying the authorities must be done as soon as possible after a kill is seen or suspected. Whenever a kill occurs there is the chance that physical evidence of the cause of the kill is left behind. The sooner a kill is reported the better the chances of determining a cause.

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NW - Albuquerque Office
Brian Gleadle, Supervisor
3841 Midway Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: (505) 222-4700
Fax: (505) 222-4720

NE - Raton Office:
Lief Ahlm, Supervisor
215 York Canyon Road
PO Box 1145
Raton, NM 87740
Phone: (505) 445-2311
Fax: (505) 445-5651

SW - Las Cruces Office:
Luis Rios, Supervisor
2715 Northrise Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: (505) 532-2100
Fax: (505) 522-8382

SE - Roswell Office:
Roy Hayes, Supervisor
1912 W Second Street
Roswell, NM 88201
Phone: (505) 624-6135
Fax: (505) 624-6136


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