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Volunteers clean up rotting dead fish from Belmar beach

5-16-14

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Volunteers braved stomach-turning stench and a stiff wind to pick up thousands of rotting dead fish from the Belmar beach.

Friday’s cleanup came four days after a massive fish kill in the Shark River left thousands of dead moss bunker on the sand.

Officials believe depleted oxygen levels, possibly due to an algae bloom, killed the fish.

Mayor Matt Doherty says that since Monday, borough work crews have removed 30 tons of dead fish from the beaches.

About 20 people responded to a call for volunteers to help with the cleanup.

They got plastic gloves and bags to collect the fish.

Volunteer Christine Hanley says it will be a long, long time before she eats fish again.