KEMAH — State officials said the thousands of dead fish that have washed up near Galveston County this week were probably killed by oxygen depletion.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been responding to reports of a large fish kill near the Galveston-Harris county line near state Highway 146. The dead fish have been mostly menhaden, a small silver fish that are about 1 or 2 inches in length.
A spokesman from the Texas Fish and Wildlife Department said fish kills typically occur when temperatures begin to climb and there is a low amount of oxygen in the water. Department officials said they do not believe the kill is related to an algal bloom or to the recent oil spill in Galveston Bay.