- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York conservation authorities say they are trying to limit any potential large-scale fish kill in the Peconic River on Long Island this summer.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says one way is to increase the commercial harvest of menhaden, also called bunker, to reduce the number that might perish in a die-off.

That’s intended to improve survival of remaining fish and use the catch as bait rather than having to dispose of carcasses on the shoreline.

According to the DEC, the Peconic has a history of fish kills, often resulting in more than 1 million dead fish. The area also exhibits poor water quality with increased nitrogen levels.

Also, predatory fish can herd large quantities of menhaden into small water bodies like the Peconic, where they can asphyxiate.

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