Thousands Of Dead Fish Found In Blounts Creek

Low levels of oxygen are believed to have caused a fish kill near the Cotton Patch Landing area of Blounts Creek in Beaufort County.

The Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeer estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 fish were found dead when she visited the site late Friday. The fish kill stretched along a 2 mile section of the creek.

Riverkeeper Heather Jacobs says this was the most significant kill she's seen in the past four years.

Jacob says multiple species were found dead, including menhaden, striped bass, yellow perch, bream, croaker and catfish.

The Riverkeeper says sores were found on some menhaden. Jacob says she notified the state's Division of Water Quality Rapid Response team, which is expected to be on the site today.