By Steve Beck

CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. (CBS) — Officials are investigating what caused hundreds of fish to wash ashore along the beach of a Jersey shore town.

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According to State environmental officials, hundreds of fish washed up Friday morning in Cape May Point.

According to Larry Hajna of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, at this point, there is no reason to believe that the dead fish are washing up as the result of any environmental issue.

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A preliminary investigation points to a broken fishing boat net that released the fish into the ocean in the southern portion of the peninsula.

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At this point, DEP officials said there are no plans to clean up the fish or gather them from the water. They said whatever is left on the shore will be washed back out with the tide.

There is no word on how far out to sea the fishing boat was.

The discovery is not impacting beach operations.

The investigation is ongoing.

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