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Maryland: Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up In Piney Point, ‘There Are Just Dead Fish Everywhere’


By JESSE YEATMAN, SoMdNews.com – “Thousands of dead fish lined private beaches Thursday along Lighthouse Road, the state highway that leads to Piney Point Lighthouse.

Residents and a spokesperson for the Maryland Department of the Environment speculated that the fish kill could have been caused by low oxygen in the water and high temperatures, a condition sometimes referred to as a red tide…

‘It’s been bad for the last two weeks,’ waterman Craig Kelley of Ridge said…

When fish die like that, Kelley said, they first sink to the bottom where they stay for a few days. As they bloat the fish rise and begin to float. Depending on the wind and tides they can wash up on shore, he said.

Dead, rotting fish are useless as bait, he added.

There are crab pots scattered throughout the river off the shoreline in Piney Point and three large pound nets used for catching fish are nearby.

According to one woman visiting friends at Piney Point, more than a mile-long stretch of beach along Lighthouse Road was littered with dead fish between 6 inches and a foot long.

‘There are just dead fish everywhere,’ she said.

Roman Pausch of Tall Timbers was visiting his parents who live along Lighthouse Road.

‘This is more than usual,’ he said Thursday morning while taking in the scene. ‘This seems like an awful lot.'” Read more.

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