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Thousands of fish found dead in Shark River

5-12-14

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Oxygen depletion is believed the likely cause of a massive fish kill in the Shark River.

Monmouth County’s health department received a report at 5:30 a.m. Monday. Officials say thousands of fish have died mainly in the Belmar section of the river, but a total count has not been completed.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1iHWfoE ) the likely scenario is a huge group of fish ended up in a small estuary and a slightly low oxygen levels resulted in their deaths.

The fish are mainly bunker or menhaden.

The DEP has taken samples to make sure a disease is not to blame.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com