Crews finish cleanup of massive fish kill at Jersey Shore

The NJDEP released this photo of a clean

The NJDEP released this photo of a clean beach in Keansburg after a million dead fish washed ashore. (Credit: NJDEP)

KEANSBURG - Crews have finished removing more than a million dead fish that recently appeared in the creeks and waterways near a Monmouth County shore town.

Keansburg Mayor George Hoff says that public works crews on Thursday morning picked up the last of the peanut bunker fish that began washing on shore at the Waackaack Creek earlier in the week.

Officials with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection raised the estimate of dead fish from hundreds of thousands to more than a million.

They say the scores of fish were likely chased into the Raritan Bay by other fish. Once there, they apparently were killed off by low levels of oxygen in the water.

The highest numbers have been found in the Waackaack Creek. They also have shown up in Natco Lake and Thornes Creek.

Crews will take the dead fish to the Monmouth County landfill.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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