Stench grows as severity of Indian River Lagoon fish kill is revealed
Several Brevard County agencies are working together to formulate an emergency cleanup plan in response to a fish kill that has left carcasses floating in the Indian and Banana rivers since last week.
The plan may ultimately include assistance from a variety of sources, ranging from parks and recreation crews to possibly even inmate labor to scoop out the dead fish.
Reports of dead sea life began surfacing late last week. They were – and continue to be – dead fish spotted along the shores and in waters stretching from Titusville to Cocoa Beach to as far south as the Pineda Causeway.
The fish kill has left up to 15 species of fish dead and dying in the Indian River Lagoon. They include pufferfish, sheepshead, red drum, catfish, mullet, ladyfish and other species.
The ghastly site has also created a stench over much of the affected area, according to residents who have spoken with FLORIDA TODAY. Of concern is that the smell will grow worse as the fish decompose.