High Numbers of Dead Fish Wash Up in Central Florida

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

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.