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Crews work to clear dead fish found in Ventura County drainage channel


PORT HUENEME, California — Crews are working to remove hundreds of dead fish found in a Ventura County drainage channel located on the border of Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

The Ventura County Star reports ( ) that the fish were reported Monday and crews began work Tuesday. The cleaning is expected to be complete Wednesday.

Watershed Protection District ecologist Pam Lindsey speculated that a lightning strike may have been what caused the fish to die. Lightning had damaged a transformer on a power pole near where the fish were found.

Officials estimate hundreds of fish were found in the drain including carp, silversides, top smelt, striped mullet and mosquito fish.

The county, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating the cause of death.

Information from: Ventura County Star,

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