NEWS PRESS: Millions of pounds of dead fish have washed up on our beaches. This is what happens to them next

News Press: Written by Chad Gillis. August 17, 2018.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Angel Almaguer backed a waste truck into the middle of a trash storage building the size of a high school gymnasium.

The gate on the back of the truck swung open and everything from tiny baitfish to massive Goliath grouper, huge snook, untold numbers of eels and puffed up puffer fish fell to the concrete ground.

With horseshoe crabs flanking the main pile, the mass of dead fish and sea critters looked like a seafood Sundae from a horror film.

It smelled worse.

This was the 90th truckload of dead fish and sea debris that's been processed in the last three weeks at the Lee County Solid Waste facility on Buckingham Road. From here the carcasses will be transported to the incinerator and burned.

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