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Fish Turning Up Dead At Betty Branch

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RICHMOND COUNTY (WFXG) -

60 fish and counting; That's how many have turned up dead so far this weekend at the Betty Branch Tributary at Riverside Park.

 Boaters like Nick Malone say the dead fish smell like sewage.

"I've been coming here since I was 10 years old and I've never seen it like this."

The department of Natural Resources is investigating.

"We're not exactly sure the cause of the dead fish at this point," Savannah Riverkeeper Development Director Marci Cannon said.. "The gills on the fish are red and that shows that there's an oxygen depletion."

 The DNR found six different species of fish affected.

 They range from bass and brim, to bait fish and even cat fish.

Cannon says they expect answers from  testing in the next few days, but warn people in the mean time to be careful.

"The key at this point is people would not want to eat any of the fish out of the water that they caught in this area."

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