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Fish Kill washes up in eastern North Carolina

Fish Kill washes up in eastern North Carolina

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Millions of dead fish are washing in eastern NorthCarolina.

In the last few days people who live along the Tar-Pamlico River Basin andNeuse River have been watching dead menhaden fish pop up in the water and onthe sand.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources says theybelieve millions of menhaden fish have died  during this latest fish kill.State officials believe this latest fish kill is a result of coolertemperatures and low oxygen levels caused by an algal blooms. State officialssay they expect the fish kill to continue for at least  few more days oruntil a cloudy or rainy day.

Heather Garrish lives in Blounts Creek and noticed the dead fish earlier thisyear; however, she says this latest batch of dead menhaden fish have ulcers onthem. It's those sores she says caused her to have concerns for her dogs.

"I'm more worried for my animals cause they play in the water everyday.And I'm worried that they could possibly get the skin legions that the fishhave," said Garrish.

State officials say a similar fish kill occurred this time last year along thesame areas. A spokesperson for the Division of Water Quality while the numbersmy be similar, it appears this years fish kill is more widespread.
   
State officials say the water, mold, and algal bloom are not dangerous tohumans. However, they advise the public to stay out of the areas affected for the next couple of days.

State officials are collecting samples of the dead to fish to determine the exact cause of this latest fish kill.






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