Manatee Co. leaders believe massive fish kills are done for now

241 tons of debris have been picked up

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Manatee County leaders said crews will no longer go into neighborhood canals to scoop up dead fish. County leaders believe the massive fish kills are done for now.  They are asking neighbors to use county provided nets and dumpsters to take care of the residual fish.

“We encourage the people to put together a volunteer group in their neighborhoods to scoop up any fish they can to keep the smell down,” said County Commissioner Steve Jonsson. 

County crews have established 15 dumpster and nets sites. Click here for a listing of the sites.

Trailer Estates manager Mark Yawberg said a majority of the dead fish started showing up last week.

“I don’t think there are many more fish to kill, unfortunately,” said Yawberg.

He believed residents will be happy to help clean up the rest of the fish.

Manatee County has picked up 241 tons of debris from beaches and canals since the red tide started impacting the county.

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