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Why are there a bunch of dead fish down by the Fall River waterfront? Here is why



Photo courtesy of Suzanne Adam

Many have been wondering why there are a bunch of dead fish down by the Fall River waterfront and it is a good question.

The Fall River waterfront is one of, if not the most favorite spot for both locals and out-of-towners to spend warm sunny days. With a boardwalk and many sites to see, who can blame them. The last few days, however, the waterfront has had many, some say over one hundred, dead fish that have created an eyesore and a terrible smell.

We asked the Fall River Harbormaster why there was so many dead fish lining Fall River waters. He has been told that the occurrence is due to bacteria in the water and that this usually happens once a year.

I don’t recall it ever being as bad as it was this weekend, but my memory could be deceiving me.

Hopefully the situation will clear up soon and one of Fall River’s great spots will not be filled with the odor of dead fish.



  1. Vera Ponte

    June 13, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    How can be bacteria, if they all are headless and tailless? sounds “fishy”

  2. Ian Davis

    June 13, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    That’s funny. The environmentalist use to blame it on the power plant in Somerset. Where are they now. Guess they are off lying about something else.

    • Antifa

      June 14, 2022 at 9:57 am

      Let me guess you think you’re smarter than a marine biologist? I bet you think you’re also smarter than climates scientist too! So what research have you done? Google?

  3. Bill

    June 17, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    This is a non-scientist giving a science answer. It’s nutrient loading in the water which creates blooms of algae (not bacteria). The algae die and bind up the oxygen in the water. Warm water holds less oxygen than cold water, so, in the warmer months, O2 levels drop. Calm days from periods with no storms and flat winds can make the problem worse because there’s no mixing of air from the surface. These events typically occur in the July/August timeframe, but can also occur after sewage discharges or big, short-duration storms which flush lots of nutrients into the water.

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