- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - Tens of thousands of dead menhaden have washed ashore along the Neuse River in Craven County.

Area media outlets report Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Travis Graves says the fish have washed ashore at Flanners Beach. Graves estimates the fish are dying near channel marker 11 and winds are pushing the fish over to the beach.

He said the heaviest concentration on the shore and floating in the river is between Flanners Beach and Carolina Pines.

Graves says the cause appears to be low dissolved oxygen in the water because of recent heavy rains.

It’s believed the fish kill began last weekend. Graves said menhaden will float for a day before sinking, so the extent of the kill isn’t clear.

Graves has contacted scientists with the UNC Marine Labs in Morehead City.

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