Dead fish are showing up on lake shorelines as the ice continues to melt.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says there is no reason to be alarmed because this is normal. Outreach Specialist Karen Passmore says this is typically called winterkill and happens quite often in small bodies of water with vegetation.

Passmore says it doesn’t just kill the fish.

People have been reporting a large number of dead fish on the shores of Gillies Lake. The Mattagami Region Conservation Authority says it is testing the water but winterkill is believed to be the cause. The MRCA says it is also cleaning up all the dead fish found on the lake’s shore.