Fish Mysteriously Dying in New Jersey's Shark River

Tuesday, May 13, 2014  |  Updated 6:41 AM EDT
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Officials in New Jersey say so many fish are dead they can’t even count them all. The discoveries are being made in Bradley Beach, Belmar, Spring Lake and Neptune. Jen Maxfield gives us a closer look at what’s going on.

Officials in New Jersey say so many fish are dead they can’t even count them all. The discoveries are being made in Bradley Beach, Belmar, Spring Lake and Neptune. Jen Maxfield gives us a closer look at what’s going on.

Authorities are trying to determine what's causing a massive fish kill in the Shark River.

Monmouth County's health department received a report at 5:30 a.m., Monday. Officials say thousands of fish have died, but a total count has not been completed.

Public health coordinator Michael Meddis tells the Asbury Park Press moss bunker appears to be the affected species and the fish kill is mainly taking place in the boat basin in Belmar.

Meddis says bunker reproduce in large numbers and typically use a lot of oxygen.

State environmental officials tell the newspaper that preliminary test results showed acceptable oxygen levels and almost no algae in the water. They say "slightly low oxygen levels" likely resulted in a fish kill.

 

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