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3.5 Million Fish Killed In Neuse River; South Creek Kill Under Investigation

State officials now estimate more than 3.5 million fish have been killed in the Neuse River in Craven County.

The fish kill was spotted last week and extended from Flanners Beach downstream to Slocum Creek on the south shore of the Neuse River. Dead fish were also found in the areas of Minnesott Beach and Camp Seafarer.

Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin says it's one of the worst fish kills that he's ever seen.

Meanwhile, state officials are at another kill on South Creek, outside of Aurora. Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Heather Jacobs tells WITN News that the kill was discovered Monday morning near where Highway 33 crosses over the creek.


Original Story

A large fish kill in the east is under investigation.

Neuse Riverkeeper Larry Baldwin says the number of dead fish found on the Neuse River Thursday exceeded 100,000. The fish kill extended from Flanners Beach downstream to Slocum Creek on the south shore of the Neuse River. Dead fish were also found in the areas of Minnesott Beach and Camp Seafarer.

The kill was not specific to one type of fish; several species were dead, including crabs in crab pots. Baldwin says there were no open sores on the fish examined.

He believes low oxygen levels are responsible for this latest fish kill.


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