Tiny fish flown from Yazoo to combat malaria in Haiti
By JASON PATTERSON
When Louie Thompson pulled up at the Yazoo County airport Friday with three blue ice chests in his truck, it looked like he’d packed for a picnic.
But inside those coolers were around 2,000 tiny fish ready to be flown to Haiti. Those fish will be used to save thousands of lives.
“I thought someone was pulling my leg when they called to ask about flying all these fish out of our airport,” said Henry Cote, director of the Yazoo Airport. “It turned out to be something very serious.”
The minnow-like fish known as Gambusia, have a tremendous appetite for mosquitoes. Each fish will consume many times its body weight in mosquitoes and larvae.
Thompson raised them on his catfish farm near Bee Lake. On Friday he delivered them to the airport where they will be taken to Haiti by the Operation Blessing International humanitarian group to help fight malaria.
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