Hundreds of dead fish found on Gulfport beach

Hundreds of dead fish found on Gulfport beach

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Department of Marine Resource officials are looking into what caused hundreds of fish to wash ashore in Gulfport Wednesday night.

The menhaden or pogie fish lined the beach just west of the Island View Casino.

Right now DMR is not describing this as a fish kill. Fishery scientists will be on scene Thursday morning to look closer at the fish.

WLOX talked with a visitor from New Orleans who spotted the fish. Dorian Cummings said he was planning to spend more time on the beach during his stay over the next few days leading up to the holiday, but is now having second thoughts.

"At first it was just a few of them and it wasn't too alarming or anything," said Cummings. "As we started walking a little further down the beach they started getting more plentiful. Then we actually started to look at the fish and that was the gross part. They all had the same kind of features with holes and black stuff coming out of them."

D-M-R officials said they haven't received any other reports of fish washing up on the beach.

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