Fish clean up begins
A massive clean-up of rotting fish is underway on the Coromandel where thousands of snapper have washed up since New Year’s Eve.
Thames-Coromandel District Council staff have assessed the situation at Granite Wharf, north of Colville, and are appealing for information about how the fish came to be dumped at the popular holiday spot.
TCDC communications manager Benjamin Day said the dead fish were beginning to ‘‘rot and smell’’ so the decision was made to begin the clean-up immediately.
"With the DOC campsites full and boaties launching from the beach, we want to get the place cleaned up for our visitors as fast as possible,’’ he said.
The clean-up will concentrate on an area 100 metres either side of Granite Wharf, situated at Paritu, north of Colville, on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Anyone with information about the dumped fish are asked to call the Ministry for Primary Industries illegal fishing hotline 0800 47 62 24.