There is peace again in bunker-ville.
After Riverhead Town officials publicly criticized neighboring Southampton Town last week for not agreeing to contribute to the cost of removing bunker fish from the Peconic River, so as to lessen the chance of another fish kill, the Southampton Town Board on Tuesday agreed to do so.
Riverhead Town and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are each contributing two cents per pound to subsidize fishermen hired to haul bunker fish out of the Peconic Bay area. READ
Hundreds of bunker, their mouths yawning open as they gape for oxygenated water and to clean their gills, were filmed swimming in the Peconic River Wednesday.
It’s a sign that a harmful algal bloom, known as mahogany tide, could soon cause another large fish kill in the river. READ
Here’s a prediction you’ll probably hope is wrong.
A marine researcher from Molloy College in Rockville Centre is predicting that a massive fish and turtle kill will occur in the Peconic Bay within the next week or so. Just like it was predicted last year. READ
Their backs facing the mouth of the Peconic River, town and county officials gathered outdoors Saturday for a press conference at the Riverhead Yacht Club, where they called upon the federal government to provide financial assistance to help address water quality issues in the wake of two fish kills. (more…)
Word of thousands of dead fish washing up on local shores might seem like old news at this point, but another drop in oxygen levels in local waters, coupled with a migration of bunker up the Peconic River resulted in yet another, separate fish kill over the weekend. (more…)