- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey environmental officials say a swarm of bluefish is killing off local baitfish in the Navesink (NAV’-eh-sink) River, though they assure the public it is a natural phenomenon.

The Asbury Park Press reports (https://on.app.com/2pcWaEn ) the Jersey shore is in the middle of a “bluefish run,” where bluefish as big as 16 pounds are being found in the waterways.

However, local environmental activists say officials are downplaying other causes. Paul Eidman, founder of a sustainable management group for menhaden, says the menhaden have also been affected by a spinning virus, which would cause the fish to act erratically. Eidman says the virus is isolated to menhaden populations.

A spokesperson for the state Environmental Protection Department says the die-off is typical for fish populations cornered by bluefish.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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