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VIDEO: Belmar Fish Kill - 'Going To Start Smelling Really Soon'

Fish-kill causes local worries about upcoming tourist season

Tens of thousands of bunker fish have gone belly up in Shark River down in the Belmar area of the Jersey Shore. This incident is causing residents to gawk and speculate as to why this happened and some, like Neptune resident Rich Horner, say they find the massive fish kill disturbing, according to Chasing NJ on My9.

“We kayak in here, we paddle board, we use this and it seems like the river is kind of dying,” he said.

Multiple residents believe the state is somehow to blame for not dredging debris out of the shallow Shark River for decades and even after Superstorm Sandy. The Mayor of Belmar, Matt Doherty, says he believes this is about too many fish and too little oxygen to go around, according to Chasing NJ on My9.
Dame Bridgid May 15, 2014 at 07:07 AM
Fortunately the scavenger birds like osprey, gulls, ect., plus the foxes, coyotes, and raccoons are ALL raising very hungry young families right now. That will help the clean up too. My grandfather taught me to bury fish in my garden. We grew tomatoes the size of softballs. This is a bountiful gift of free fertilizer for just the work of picking them up. Bury them between the rows if you have already planted your garden or under each plant with a layer of dirt between the plant and the fish. Then make sure you fence your garden... A coyote stole 3 of my bluefish heads out of the ground this spring! I laid chicken wire over the soil and weighted it down with bricks. That foiled the little beastie! My daughter has been watching for the critter every night and it is definitely a coyote. The feral cat population in my area has plummeted since it appeared, so be warned. They eat cats and small dogs as well as squirrels, rabbits, rodents, and snakes.
Dame Bridgid May 15, 2014 at 07:20 AM
By the way; this is nature's thinning out process after fish reach a certain size in a restricted body of water when the over abundant spawn are reluctant to move out. The survivors are either smarter or hardier.
George Chin May 15, 2014 at 04:20 PM
This Just in !!! If you want to volunteer to help clean up be at the Belmar Fishing Pier at 8am Friday they will give you gloves and bags, no olive oil and garlic!!!
Robert Beaver May 15, 2014 at 08:05 PM
What about the abundance of food wait til you see the rat problem
charlie May 16, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Scoop them up and put them in Lake Como. That's the long forgotten area of Belmar.

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