Thousands of Dead Fish Blanket Waters of Marina Del Rey

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Workers had a stinky cleanup on their hands Sunday after thousands of foul-smelling dead fish floated to the surface in a small corner of Marina del Rey.


A sheriff’s deputy said that this incident is nowhere near the scale of a massive die-off at King Harbor in Redondo Beach in 2011. (Credit: KTLA)

Heaps of small fish washed up overnight, forming a carpet of carcasses among docks and boats in Basin A of the harbor, near Bora Bora Way.

“There were thousands of anchovies blanketing the surface,” said Michael Quill, community programs manager for the environmental group Los Angeles Waterkeeper, who was preparing to take a group of high school students on a boat trip Sunday morning when he encountered the spectacle. “It was just a sheet of silver.”

By the time Quill returned to the marina a few hours later, a work crew had scooped many of the fish carcasses from the area where they had washed up, “but it was still pretty impressive and pretty smelly.”

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