Stinky Situation Along Beach in Virginia

By Jennifer Gastwirth
|  Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010  |  Updated 6:31 PM EDT
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Stinky Situation Along Beach in Virginia

Carollyn Marsland

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Clean-up crews in Hampton, Va., have a stinky situation on their hands.

About 75,000 fish spilled from harvesting nets Monday more than four miles off Grandview Island, and today, about 20,000 menhaden washed ashore the Buckroe Beach. 

Officials with a Reedville fish processing plant are taking responsibility for the accident and investigating what went wrong.

Meanwhile, a skimmer is being used to clear away the stench.

"Dead fish stink, there's no way around that," Virginia Marine Resources Commission spokesman John Bull told the Associated Press. "But dead fish washing up on shore is a natural thing, just not in these numbers."

Additional workers were contracted to pick up the dead fish by hand. No health hazards are being reported.


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