New Jersey

Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up in Latest New Jersey Fish Kill

Officials say 15,000 to 20,000 fish have washed up in southern New Jersey in the state's second large fish kill in less than a week.

Conservation officers and crews from the state Department of Environmental Protection went to the scene in Little Egg Harbor, where the kill was concentrated off several lagoons over the weekend.

DEP spokesman Bob Considine tells the Asbury Park Press that officials believe the peanut bunker fish died due to low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water.

Last week, more than a million dead fish appeared in creeks and waterways in Keansburg. Officials say the scores of fish were likely chased into the Raritan Bay by other fish. Once there, they apparently were killed off by low levels of oxygen in the water.

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