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Bunker die-off

To avoid another massive fish kill in the Peconic, limits on bunker fishing lifted in New York after town supe’s request

by May 5, 2016
With unusually large numbers of bunker fish appearing in the Peconic River this spring, commercial fishermen will be allowed to net bunker in an effort to prevent the massive bunker kills seen last year, thanks to a ruling announced today by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

DEC reopens shellfish lands closed in May due to high levels of toxin linked to paralytic shellfish poisoning

by Jul 1, 2015
Though the lands remain uncertified for harvesting shellfish for human consumption due to chronic sanitary conditions, water quality in the Peconic River and western Flanders Bay has improved, according to Stony Brook University marine scientists.

Town hires contractor to remove dead bunker from local shores

by Jun 17, 2015
Riverhead Town will begin removing dead bunker from local shores. The town board passed a resolution last night authorizing the dead fish removal “under...

Q&A: Why are the fish dying?

by Jun 16, 2015
A video Q&A explaining the bunker fish kills in western Flanders Bay and the Peconic River.

Officials plan steps to remove rotting fish, hoping for help from Mother Nature

by Jun 1, 2015
As complaints begin to flow in about the tide of dead fish washing ashore on Flanders Bay beaches, local officials are making plans to remove at least the biggest piles of fish carcasses from local beaches, including the county park.

Marine research scientist: ‘Mahogany tide’ algal bloom caused fish kill in Peconic Estuary

by May 30, 2015
A fish kill of major proportions is underway in the Peconic Estuary, the result of a harmful algal bloom known as 'mahogany tide.'