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Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 12 January, 2013 at 05:19 (05:19 AM) UTC.Base dataEDIS Number:BH-20130112-37826-USAEvent type:Biological HazardDate/Time:Saturday, 12 January, 2013 at 05:19 (05:19 AM) UTCLast update:—Cause of event:Damage level:Unknown

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been reported this week at Masonboro Island by state environmental officials, according to a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Environmental officials explain that the fish, Atlantic menhaden, which travel in very large groups, took a wrong turn, up Loosins Creek. In under an hour, the area caused dissolved oxygen levels in the water to drop to close to zero, which ended up killing them. As a result, the dead fish have been discovered along the island’s beaches and in the water. Officials say they’ve noticed a pattern of dead fish in winter months and attribute it to the menhaden tightening their school. Workers with Coastal Management, Water Quality and Marine Fisheries are keeping an eye on the area, and throughout the weekend, dead fish will probably continue to surface. The workers have a monitoring station set up that checks the water for dissolved oxygen levels, temperature, pH levels and other data.


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