Fish Kill Cleanup Volunteers Needed

Fish Kill, King Harbor. Photo: Los Angeles Times

With the massive fish kill in Redondo's King Harbor earlier this week, the most pressing issue now is the clean-up. It's critical that all the dead fish are removed within the next couple of days to prevent an even worse problem.

Fish Kill Cleanup: Volunteer!

  • For information on how and when to volunteer, contact the Redondo Beach CERT Hotline at 310.318.8111
  • Cleanups efforts vary, please call to receive correct instructions
  • Water, food, sunscreen will be provided to volunteers

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To volunteer for the Redondo Beach fish cleanup, please contact the Redondo Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Hotline at 310-318-8111 for information on how and when to volunteer. Cleanups efforts do vary so you must call to receive correct instructions. Information is updated at 8 p.m. each night.

Water, food and sunscreen will be provided to volunteers. No experience or supplies are required -- only enthusiasm. Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend.

In the meantime, scientists are analyzing samples of fish and water to determine the cause of the die-off in King Harbor. Heal the Bay is monitoring the situation through colleagues at the Redondo Beach SEA Laboratory and the University of Southern California.

Samples will be analyzed for the presence of any harmful algae, though early reports indicate there is no discoloration of the water to indicate massive amounts of algae. It has been reported that dissolved oxygen levels in the water are extremely low, meaning there is limited oxygen for fish to breathe in the water.

Heal the Bay will continue to monitor the situation and will offer updates as we receive more details. According to Brent Schiewe, director of the SEA Lab, very large schools of baitfish were seen in all the harbor’s basins the day before the fish kill, possibly due to the storm.