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As videos of the rare sight go viral, people are now looking for answers.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation told CBS News on Tuesday that they are monitoring the incident.
“No additional fish kills have been reported overnight or today,” said Erica Ringewald, the department’s media relations director. “Some dead bunker are floating in the Shinnecock Bay but most are believed to have sunk to the bottom.”
The town of Southampton has been cleaning up the dead fish on the beaches and DEC Marine Resources is arranging for aerial overflights to track the movement of the dead fish, Ringewald explained.
“Southampton worked with the County Department of Public Works to open and close the canal to keep the oxygen levels up while allowing some fish to escape,” she said.
Menhaden are not used directly for food. They are processed into fish oil and fish meal that are used as food ingredients, animal feed, and dietary supplements. It has a high omega-3 fat content. Fish oil made from menhaden also is used as a raw material for products such as lipstick.