More dead fish show up in Neuse River

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Dead fish float in the Neuse River on Sunday. A fish kill produced hundred of dead fish between Slocum Creek and Flanner's Beach.

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Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 03:35 PM.

The second Neuse River fish kill in a month was reported Sunday on the south shore in the area between Flanners Beach and Slocum Creek.

Early Monday morning thunderstorms and winds washed away all but small traces of the kill by daylight.

Rick Dove, president of the Coastal Carolina River Watch and a nearby resident, said thousands of fish were seen Sunday morning.

“I would call this a small to moderate fish kill,” he said. “The kill shows clear evidence of being caused by low dissolved oxygen. There were no sores on the fish that I could find. It involved multiple species including croakers, flounder and menhaden. The dead fish were stacked along the shore and presented a very bad odor of rotting fish.”

On July 10, a similar kill was reported in the same area.

The last major fish kill on the Neuse was last October, lasting about a month and resulting in an estimated 200 million dead fish.

Dove said that while Sunday’s kill could be termed small, each fish kill shows further evidence of an unhealthy river and that the kills contribute to the problem of nutrients in the water.

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