(CP) REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Authorities scooped, blasted and vacuumed Wednesday as they removed tons of dead sardines from a Southern California marina before the fish rot and possibly poison remaining sea life in the harbour. The cleanup came after the enormous school of sardines apparently suffocated in the confines of King Harbor, possibly while seeking shelter from a predator or simply becoming lost near a breakwater late Monday. Instead of leaving, the fish crowded toward the back of the Redondo Beach marina and used all the oxygen in the water, marine experts have said.
(Reuters) Millions of anchovies washed up dead early on Tuesday in the harbor area of Redondo Beach, California, just south of Los Angeles, puzzling authorities and triggering a cleanup effort. Local television news footage showed the mass of dead fish, said by a police spokesman to be about a foot deep on the surface, choking the waters in and around dozens of private boat slips in the King Harbor Marina. READ MORE
Fisherman survives nine-mile swim through shark-infested waters after freak wave sweeps him from his boat
(Nola) The 63-year-old resurrected the neighborhood's security-camera system after it was dismantled by Hurricane Katrina. When the homeowners association recently needed to select a new landscaper, he took charge of reviewing bids and interviewing candidates. But Grimaldi died in a boat crash Tuesday afternoon while fishing on a New Orleans waterway. Now, his neighborhood is coming to terms with the loss of what it considered one of its strongest assets. READ MORE
(The Gazette) U.S. wildlife officials suspect Canadian fishing gear doomed an endangered North Atlantic right whale that died this week off the Florida coast despite an "unprecedented" rescue effort in recent weeks led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. government's chief oceans authority. The two-year-old female whale, one of only about 450 of its species in the world, was first spotted Christmas Day off Daytona Beach trailing at least 50 metres of rope after it had become entangled in fishing equipment somewhere along the 2,000-kilometre right-whale migration route between Canada's Bay of Fundy and the southeastern U.S.
(Boston.com) A Gloucester fisherman drowned yesterday after falling off his boat into the cold water of New Bedford Harbor, in what police said was a tragic combination of icy conditions and a narrow walkway placed between the boat and the dock. Police would not release the identity of the 47-year-old man, who was a crew member aboard the fishing vessel Sunlight, which was docked for repairs in New Bedford. READ MORE