Biologists Study Mass Fish Kill in Chesapeake Bay

September 15, 2010

Biologists are studying yet another mass fish kill in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The latest involves thousands of juvenile Menhaden found floating in Cobbs Creek in Mathews County.

Kim Reece of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science estimates tens of thousands of menhaden and smaller amounts of other species have died in the creek.

She told the "Daily Press" of Newport News that the fish may have been chased into the creek by predators, then died when the tide went out because of a lack of oxygen. Harmful algae also could be the cause.

Reece said there have been more fish kills in the Chesapeake Bay and its various creeks this summer than year's past.

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