NORTHAMPTON COUNTY - Thousands of dead fish are floating in the water and coming ashore in Northampton County.

Photos from 13News viewer in Nassawaddox show the fishkill in Nassawaddox Creek just south of Silver Beach. He said the menhaden appeared Tuesday morning and are creating an awful smell.

John Bull, spokesman for the Va. Marine Resources Commission, says a small commercial operation accidentally dropped part of its catch.

He said the fish had already been harvested and were dead. Since it is considered an accident, the company faces no charges and isn't obligated to clean up the dead fish, Bull explained.

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