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Dead Sardines Putrefy Bali's Kuta Beach

Bali Fishing Authorities Blame Natural Plankton Cycle for Accumulation of Dead Fish on Kuta Beach.

(12/23/2009) Bali's famous Kuta Beach front is being despoiled, once again, by a hundreds of dead fish or Ikan lemuru (Sardinella longiceps).

According to Nusa Bali, the dead fish carcasses are washing up in several areas along Kuta beach creating a stench of decaying fish that stretches for meters along the beach.

Official from Bali's Parks and Public Hygiene (DKP) service were on stand by with local residents, hauling away the dead fish as they accumulated on the shoreline.

Officials from the fisheries department link the dead fish to a seasonal cycle of plankton growth that poisons the fish.

Fisheries expert say the natural phenomenon will play itself out by February. In meantime, local community groups and government officials are going their best to remove or bury accumulations of decaying fish.

The public is reminded that consumption of the dead fish may be a health hazard.