Thousands of dead fish wash up on beaches in Virginia, USA
Photo: Jay Diem, Delmarva Now
It is not clear what caused thousands of dead fish to wash up on Northampton County beaches on Friday, July 1, a Virginia Marine Resources Commission spokeswoman said.
“We don’t know if it was a spill or if it was a lot of fish congregating in one area of the Bay,” said spokeswoman Laurie Naismith, adding, “It might not be a spill.”
The massive kill marred Chesapeake Bay beaches from Latimer’s Bluff to Fisherman Island, according to residents.
Omega Protein, which has a processing facility in Reedville, Virginia, told the VMRC they are investigating the incident and were immediately sending someone out to the area.
“They’ve already got people there cleaning it up,” Naismith said Friday afternoon.
It was the second incident in 10 days where massive amounts of dead fish washed up on Northampton County beaches.
A June 22 incident where thousands of dead menhaden washed up on a private beach near Machipongo was the result of a grounded net, but it was not known which company was involved, Naismith said at the time.
A similar fish kill happened in October 2015, when Omega Protein Corp. reported a fishing net tear to the VMRC that resulted in about 75,000 dead fish washing up on Chesapeake Bay beaches.
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