GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Is a jubilee the reason why It became one of those dream mornings for a handful of people who enjoying fishing? The Department of Marine Resources says the answer is no. It's scientists say the fish on Gulfport's beachfront near the small craft harbor are stressed, and not dead. Consequently, this isn't a jubilee. They do note there was low oxygen in the waters where the fish came ashore.
Several different species of fished washed up this morning near the Gulfport and Long Beach harbors. That made a rod and reel obsolete.
A bait shop operator near Moses Pier said shrimp, crabs, and other fish started washing ashore Tuesday between Moses Pier and Urie Pier. He said the birds and pelicans in that area had quite a feast. On Wednesday morning, people had their coolers and their nets along the shoreline. They reeled in fish that appeared to be oxygen deprived.
DMR Marine Patrol officers stopped by this morning to make sure the fishermen followed state regulations. Scientists will monitor the water through the day, making sure there isn't an algae bloom or red tide issues. Because of weather conditions, and light winds, those scientists expect more fish to wash ashore Thursday morning.