Brevard leaders launch fish kill cleanup initiative for Indian River Lagoon

Brevard County leaders are launching a clean-up initiative to get rid of thousands of dead fish along the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon.

During a Wednesday planning meeting between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, St. Johns River Waterway Management, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Public Works and Natural Resources agreed to distribute dumpsters to the areas most affected by the large fish kill. The county said the clean-up was prompted by concerns and complaints they received.

Brevard County communications director Don Walker said they recognize the public nuisance, "This situation was caused by depleted or dissolved oxygen in the water, so the good news is we've already seen a change in the conditions since last week," said Walker.

The five target areas according to the county are: Sykes Creek, Cocoa Beach, Snug Harbor, Windjammer point, and the grand canal of Satellite Beach.

The six dumpsters will be placed between SR 528 and Eau Gallie Causeway: Bicentennial Park in Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie Causeway, Kelly Park, the POW-MIA Park, Kiwanis Island Park Rd in Merritt Island, and Oars & Paddles Park in the Indian Harbour Beach.

Walker said anyone who needs a place to dump the fish can use the dumpsters, which will be emptied daily.

"If you are on the beach and you want to collect and discard it in one of our dumpsters, that's the kind of voluntary effort we're looking for," said Walker.

Employees at Squid Lips restaurant in Cocoa Beach were cleaning up areas near the deck of the restaurant, littered with hundreds of smelly fish.

County leaders said they plan to meet again on Friday to assess the clean-up progress.

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