Jul 20, 2010 3:57 PM by Alison Haynes

Hundreds of thousands of fish washed ashore in Gulfport, Ms.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Marine biologists are trying to determine
what caused the death of hundreds of thousands of menhaden that
washed ashore Monday in Gulfport near Jones Park.
Officials from the Department of Environmental Quality and the
Department of Marine Resources took samples of the fish to
determine the cause of the fish kill.
Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy says testing will
take a few days.
The small bait fish that washed up on the beach were Gulf
menhaden, also known as pogy fish.
Robbie Wilbur, a spokesman for DEQ, says there were no visible
signs of oil on the fish or the shore.
Cleanup workers from the county cleared the fish off the beach
Monday afternoon.


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