BELMAR - Cleanup efforts are underway to clear thousands of rotting dead fish from the Belmar beach just weeks ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend.

Friday's cleanup came four days after a massive fish kill in the Shark River left thousands of dead moss bunker on the sand.

Officials believe depleted oxygen levels, possibly due to an algae bloom, killed the fish.

Mayor Matt Doherty says that since Monday, borough work crews have removed 30 tons of dead fish from the beaches. 



About 20 people responded to a call for volunteers to help with the cleanup on Friday. They got plastic gloves and bags to collect the fish.

Mayor Doherty thanked the volunteers via a tweet this morning. He punctuated the tweet with the hashtag "#noteatingfishforawhile"


Local inmates from the Monmouth County Jail contributed to the cleanup, removing five tons of the dead fish.

Volunteers are still needed this weekend. Anyone who would like to assist can report to the Neptune Township Municipal Marina from 8 to 10 a.m. to register.