- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) - Environmental officials want to know why hundreds of dead fish have washed up in a New Jersey waterway.

The dead fish started to appear last week in the Navesink River, particularly in the waters off Marine Park in Red Bank. The numbers have since grown to a point where the dead fish could be seen in every spot along walls of the park.

A state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman says the fish could have died from a lack of oxygen after another predatory fish chased them up the river. Some of the dead fish were collected for analysis.

The Navesink River’s water quality was downgraded several times since 2005 after studies showed the waters contained human feces and animal waste. State officials are working to clean up the river.

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