More dead fish are turning up in the east. The latest spot is along the Washington waterfront. We captured video Monday just outside the estuarium along Stewart Parkway of hundreds of dead fish.
We've also had reports of dead fish in other parts of the Pamlico River. It's believed this is part of the millions of fish killed in the Tar, Pamlico, and Neuse Rivers last week.
Thursday state officials told us they believed cooler water temperatures that promote growth of a common water mold and strong sunlight that sparks the growth of algae blooms are to blame for all the dead menhaden.
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State officials believe extreme natural changes are to blame for millions of dead fish in two major river systems here in Eastern Carolina.
The dead Menhaden are turning up in both the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico river basins.
State officials believe the fish are dying due to cooler water temperatures that promote growth of a common water mold and strong sunlight that sparks the growth of algae blooms.
The dead fish are mostly Menhaden, between three and five inches long. They've been spotted this week in the Neuse, from Union Point in New Bern to the mouth of Slocum Creek, as well in Washington, Chocowinity and Blounts Creek areas of the Tar and Pamlico rivers.
Samples of the dead fish are now being analyzed by the state.