Anchovy die-off hits Northern California city

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city is the latest in California to get hit with a huge, stinky anchovy die-off.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1pOqfpN) that thousands of the fish have died around Foster City, and public works crews have been clearing their carcasses from waters and beaches over the past several days.

A similar anchovy die-off occurred earlier this month in Santa Cruz. The high numbers of dead, floating fish forced the harbor to shut down some boat ramps.

Experts say the die-offs stem from a higher-than-normal population of anchovies exhausting oxygen in the water and suffocating. They say it is natural.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com