Millions of dead fish in the canals of North Padre Island, Texas, USA

Wildlife officials say cold temperatures from Winter Storm Uri are likely what left thousands, perhaps millions of dead, smelly fish floating in residential canals on North Padre Island.

Marvin Jones has been leading the clean up effort of the island canals the past few days.

“So far in the last few days, we’ve managed to scoop up and bag and haul off about 15 to 18 tons (of fish,)” said Jones, president of Padre Island Property Owner’s Association.

The association is responsible for the clean up because it owns the canals.

He estimates the clean up will take another week or two to return the canals to pre-storm conditions.

“There’s still thousands and thousands of dead fish,” he said.

City Manager Peter Zanoni said the city has been helping by throwing away fish residents have collected.

“We’ve been taking bags and bags and fish to the landfill,” he said.

City staff started working Friday afternoon to identify equipment that it could use to help collect fish from the canals.

“The amount of fish washing up is greater than what it was earlier in the week. It’s almost too much for them to handle by themselves,” Zanoni said.

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