FIRST ON 3: Fish kill reported at Masonboro Island

MASONBORO ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- State environmental officials report hundreds of thousands of dead Atlantic menhaden fish this week at Masonboro Island off of Wrightsville Beach.

If you are a coast watcher, you know the scene is always changing, but the changes at Masonboro Island were destructive.

"I saw all these birds. More than I've ever seen," Richard Johnson said. "I took video of it. It was unbelievable, and when I got to shore, I understood why. There was about a million little menhaden fish in the water sunk. On the shore, they were everywhere."

Johnson keeps close tabs on Masonboro Island. It is a passion. He is with Masonboro.org, the group dedicated to keeping the island clean.

"Masonboro.org, we're here because we want to keep the island open, public access, but to do that, we have to keep it clean. We're the guys that clean the island every 4th of July. We had 50 volunteers last year. We removed 4,000 pounds of trash, so we're out there to keep our island open," Johnson said.

While there has been dredging in the area, it is always hard to pinpoint the cause of a fish kill. North Carolina Coastal Reserve and Marine Fisheries are looking into the fish kill.

"They're studying it. They're trying to figure it out. They're taking samples. Maybe it's chemical. It might come down to no one really knows," Johnson said.

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I was on the North End of Carolina Beach on Wensday, Noticing birds/Pelicans, and bluefish , AND What I'm sure appeared to be several Large Bluefin Tuna(s)Jumping & cutting through these Huge schools of baitfish.. About 200 yards off the beach..
Thats what "drove" these fish into the area(s), depleting oxygen Levels..
I was surprised to see TUNA this close inshore!
(I'm a King Fisherman, so I know My fish ID(s)...)

Some charter boat Captain(s) just Might behove themselves to get "outside" the MasonBoro/Carolina beach Inlet(s) to catch a Fish of a Lifetime..
Provided you have the required Fed Tag of course.
On the "otherhand", If I was a "commerical crabber", w/a big freezer, theres planty of FREE crab bait to be had for next year...

Isn't it ironic that two days after the Seneca Guns shook Wilmington, all of these dead fish wash up on shore?

No it's not ironic. Find yourself a dictionary and you'll see what I mean.

Maybe it was the tooth fairy.

Isn't it ironic there's nothing linking fish kills to previous Seneca guns? And if so, would someone please provide a link or two for public consumption.