Thousands of dead fish floating in Garden Isles

Published: Aug. 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2012 at 10:37 PM CDT
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A dead zone of warm water and low oxygen has caused thousands of dead fish to wash up in the...
A dead zone of warm water and low oxygen has caused thousands of dead fish to wash up in the bayous surrounding the Garden Isles community in Bay St Louis.
The Department of Marine Resources has confirmed most of the fish are menhaden, also known as...
The Department of Marine Resources has confirmed most of the fish are menhaden, also known as pogey fish.

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A dead zone of warm water and low oxygen has caused thousands of dead fish to wash up in the bayous surrounding the Garden Isles community in Bay St Louis.

The Department of Marine Resources has confirmed most of the fish are menhaden, also known as pogey fish. Dr. Bill Walker told WLOX News this time of year, you'll find menhaden closer to shore. They're often in bays and bayous, and by harbors.

Buck Buchanan with DMR checked in on the stinky mess Friday morning and said the cleanup plan is simple.

"We let nature take its course," he told WLOX News.

No nets are used. None of the dead fish are scooped up. Buchanan said the fish die and "they go back into the system."

Fish are still dying, and that can be seen in a bayou off Oleander in the Bay. Al Showers will have more on the fish kill later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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