Authorities don’t know why fish are washing up on the beach in Collier County

By The Associated Press
19 July 2011

NAPLES, Fla. — Authorities don’t know what’s causing fish to wash ashore along a stretch of beaches in southwest Florida.

But Collier County pollution control monitor Rhonda Watkins says she sent water samples and samples of a variety of dead fish to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission labs in St. Petersburg on Monday.

But many suspect a dead zone in the Gulf waters caused the fish to die.

A number of dead fish washed ashore Monday and more will likely wash up in the next several days.

Test results on the water could be ready sometime Tuesday. However toxicity tests on the fish tissue could take several weeks.–Fish-Kill/