High Numbers of Dead Fish Wash Up in Central Florida

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014  |  Updated 9:02 AM EDT
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High Numbers of Dead Fish Wash Up in Central Florida

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Officials say dead fish, similar to the fish pictured above, have been washing up on Ormond Beach.

Officials are trying to find out what caused a number of dead fish to wash up along a portion of Ormond Beach.
 
Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris says the fish were found Monday spread over section of a couple of miles.

  Marris says they took pictures and sent them to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
 
Wildlife agency spokeswoman Kelly Richmond told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the fish appear to be spot croakers. She says the agency is investigating but noted there is a lot of trawling activity in the area, which is a method of fishing by pulling a net through the water. Sometimes smaller fish are a bycatch and get stressed and die.

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