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Sanibel conducting fish kill clean-ups along beaches

Posted: 4:08 AM, Jul 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-31 11:29:32Z

SANIBEL, Fla.-- The City of Sanibel is conducting fish kill clean-ups due to the spike of dead sea life along the beaches.

The city announced the move in a press release stating the clean-ups started on Saturday along the gulf and bay sides of Sanibel. 

The release noted the city is working on a plan to also remove dead sea life from the canals where dead fish have also piled up.

The city also warned residents that a large portion of the dead fish are catfish which can be dangerous. 
Beachgoers should avoid touching or stepping on a catfish's fins which have sharp and venomous spines. 

City Manager of Sanibel Judie Zimomra reminded residents changing tides make the task even more tedious.

Private property owners are authorized to clean-up dead sea life from their own beaches and can dispose of the trash in their own commercial dumpsters. 

An email is listed below for any residents who need help to remove large sea life that can't be removed by hand. The city has asked residents to include a picture and address with the email:  j.zimomra@mysanibel.com