Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Brunswick shore

Several large vessels were fishing pogies, a bait fish, in the intertidal areas of Maquoit and Middle Bay. (Brunswick Police Marine Resources)

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- Over the last week, hundreds of dead fish have been washing up on the Brunswick shore.

On June 6, police say several large vessels were fishing pogies, a bait fish, in Maquoit and Middle Bay.

Since then, Brunswick marine police received numerous complaints that hundreds of dead fish along the shores of Middle and Maquoit Bay. Brunswick divisional staff investigated and confirmed the large amounts of dead fish.

Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the floating dead fish were the result of a single incident where a fishing vessel was ill-equipped to handle a large catch.

The fish kill incident is not the result of low oxygen content in the water or predation.

The Town of Brunswick is encouraging local lobstermen and shellfishermen to collect the excess fish for crab and lobster bait.

Local shellfishermen will be conducting a coastal cleanup Sunday at 10 a.m. at Maquoit Bay and 10:30 a.m. at Simpsons Point Middle Bay, which will be followed up with efforts from local youth to remove the dead rotting fish from the shoreline.

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