- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Long Island officials are testing water samples taken from the Peconic Estuary where thousands of dead and dying bunker fish washed ashore.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1M2PKxE ) tens of thousands of dead fish have lined the shore after a massive die-off. Marine scientists say the decaying bunker could contribute to decreased oxygen levels, which experts suspect is the cause of the die-off.

Stony Brook University marine science professor Christopher Gobler says there are small fish kills every year, but says this one is not normal. He says six straight hours of zero oxygen were recorded at a point in the Peconic Estuary Thursday night into Friday. He says “nothing can survive in that.”

The fish started appearing Thursday in the Peconic River, Meeting House Creek and Saw Mill Creek.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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