New fish kill reported on the Neuse

Algal Blooms, Environmental, Fish Kills, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Water Quality

Posted on October 10th, 2023

Water-quality Specialist Taylor Register was back on the Neuse this week, investigating a report of another fish kill in the Fairfield Harbor area.

The fish kill was reported by an area resident.

While she spotted only a handful of dead fish along the shoreline, at the confluence of Northwest Creek and the Neuse River, hundreds of seagulls had amassed, likely to feed on the fish. What she found in the water was slightly elevated dissolved oxygen and pH readings.

“Everything else looked fairly normal, but the pH is a bit high for what I usually see in the lower Neuse,” Taylor said.

She has reported the fish kill and her findings to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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