Intense, ‘horrific’ smell dominates South Shore group after 1000’s of lifeless fish wash up

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — 1000’s of small lifeless fish have washed up at the shores of a Staten Island park this weekend, inflicting an intense smell in neighborhoods at the South Shore.

John Mastalone of Prince’s Bay reached out to the Advance/SILive.com to percentage his considerations concerning the lifeless fish that have been noticed in each the waters and borders of Lemon Creek Park, which is adjoining to his belongings.

The odor, he defined, was once overwhelming.

Lemon Creek Park

The entire lifeless fish washed up along Lemon Creek Park. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

“We noticed like white issues — it was once low tide,” he mentioned. “Lately, the odor is horrific. You’ll be able to’t even cross outdoor. And I don’t know if it’s bad to respire it in or now not, however we’re now not going outdoor.”

He endured: “So now not handiest is it the horrific smell, however what killed those fish? That is one thing which may be very primary.”

It’s now not the primary time that lifeless fish have washed up alongside the shores of Staten Island.

The DEC has now not spoke back to a request for remark.

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

In April 2021, the Advance/SILive.com reported massive numbers of lifeless fish in Nice Kills Park. The New Jersey Division of Environmental Preservation (DEP) was once investigating the deaths however recognized an “undetermined species of micro organism” because the reason.

The fish species impacted by way of the micro organism have been menhaden, a particularly considerable fish present in coastal spaces harvested essentially for bait and non-food business functions, in keeping with DEP spokesperson Larry Hajna. He added that there was once not anything to signify human well being or different fish, shellfish or natural world have been in danger.

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Identical lots of lifeless fish washing up on Staten Island’s shores had been reported prior to now, together with in 2017 when the DEC presented a an identical rationalization.

Menhaden are each crucial a part of the meals chain and are commercially harvested for his or her use in complement merchandise, in keeping with the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Management.

Greater fish and predatory birds devour the menhaden, and the fish are harvested to be used as as fertilizers, animal feed and bait, in addition to being a big supply of omega-3 fatty acids for his or her use in human and animal dietary supplements.

The DEC encourages the general public to document incidents of fish die-off occasions by way of e-mail to [email protected] york.gov.

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Lemon Creek Park

Lemon Creek Park, which empties in Prince’s Bay, was once full of lifeless fish within the water and its borders — leading to a robust odor within the house. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

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