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Officials: Thousands of dead bunker fish wash ashore on LI

Posted at 11:05 AM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 11:05:42-04

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — Authorities say thousands of dead bunker fish have washed up on shore on Long Island.

Huntington Town officials tell Newsday some 11,000 bunker fish entered Mill Pond in Centerport last week and became trapped after the tide went out.

A town spokesman called it a natural occurrence that happens this time of year.

He says it’s the largest fish kill in the town since a mass die-off in Cold Spring Harbor 30 years ago.

A Department of Environmental Conversation says the exact cause of the die-off is unclear. But he says such events occur in warmer months when oxygen levels are low and the energy used by fish increases.

Last week, thousands of dead mussels came ashore in Jamesport, Long Island, probably due to this summer’s high temperatures.