DEQ investigates ongoing Pamlico fish kill

Environmental, Sound Rivers

Posted on October 22nd, 2021

An ongoing fish kill was first reported last week in the Broad Creek/Blounts Bay area on the Pamlico River. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has investigated and essentially found “dead water” (no oxygen) at Blounts Bay. They also found algae, diatoms and dinoflagellates, which is normal (normal species) for this time of year and none are considered harmful to health.

So far, the only fish we’ve seen affected are menhaden. If you see any other species, please report it to us!

Hundreds of dead and dying menhaden could be seen near shore at Hawkins Beach, near Bath, on Wednesday.

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