Extent and cause of kill not yet known

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Dead fish have been floating to the beach along the Neuse River at Flanners Beach.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 16:53 PM.

State officials began an investigation Tuesday on the cause and scope of an apparent fish kill in the Neuse River.

Jill Paxson, a senior environmental specialist with the Estuarine Monitoring Team of the N.C. Division of Environmental and Natural Resources, said the fish kill, involving primarily Atlantic menhaden, ranged from east of Johnson Point to west of Flanners Beach on the south side of the Neuse River.

The fish were all between four and five inches long and some of them had lesions.

Mitchell Blake, Neuse riverkeeper, said he had done an initial investigation east of Johnson Point and taken water samples to send to the N.C. Division of Water Quality and to N.C. State University.

“It’s not a massive fish kill,” Blake said. “We got a visual on several hundred dead menhaden in that area east of Johnson’s Point.”

But there were more dead fish scattered on the beach at Flanners Beach on Tuesday.

Richard Dodson, of New Bern, who was walking his dog along Flanners Beach Tuesday morning, said he had seen the fish floating ashore since Sunday.



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