Officials work to clear dead fish along the Coast

Officials work to clear dead fish along the Coast

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Harrison County Sand Beach Authority is working hard to clean up dead fish that washed ashore Wednesday.

"We started this morning and we had reports of them in Gulfport and Long Beach," said Harrison County Sand Beach Authority Director Chuck Loftis. "But we found them as far as the Pass Christian Harbor, all the way though the Island View in Gulfport,"

The dead animals are scattered about 10 miles along the coast.

"Most of them are small porgys and catfish. We have been in touch with DMR [Department of Marine Resources] and Omega Protein out of Pascagoula. They're not sure what's been causing this. They've had some boats fishing, but no nets," added Loftis.

Loftis says he plans to have the entire beach clear of the fish by Memorial Day. Tourists say they're happy cleanup efforts are underway.

"We heard about it. So if they did have it, they seemed to have done a great job of cleaning up. We haven't had a bad experience, we're getting ready to enjoy the beach. The air is pleasant," said Fred Mondy of Louisiana.

Harrison County Sand Beach Authority says the fishy smell along the shore should go away in a couple of days.

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