Published: Jul 01, 2014 10:32 AM EDT

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials are trying to find out what caused a number of dead fish to wash up along a portion of Ormond Beach.
    
Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris says the fish were found Monday spread over section of a couple of miles.
    
Marris says they took pictures and sent them to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
    
Wildlife agency spokeswoman Kelly Richmond told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1pGoEFs ) the fish appear to be spot croakers. She says the agency is investigating but noted there is a lot of trawling activity in the area, which is a method of fishing by pulling a net through the water. Sometimes smaller fish are a bycatch and get stressed and die.
    
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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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