Mosquito-eating Miss. minnows to help in Haiti

TCHULA — Mosquito-eating fish from a north Mississippi fish hatchery will be sent to Haiti as part of the earthquake relief project by Operating Blessing International, a humanitarian organization.

The fish, tiny minnows called Gambusia, eat many times their body weight in mosquito eggs and larvae. OBI officials say the minnows were used in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina for mosquito control.

The minnows will be moved from Thompson Fish Hatchery in Tchula on Friday to the Yazoo County airport near Yazoo City. There, they will be loaded into an OBI plane and flown to Florida and then to Haiti on Saturday.

OBI and Haiti Department of Agriculture plan to put the fish into mosquito-infested waters around the country.

The Associated Press

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