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Dead mackerel washing ashore at Loon Bay

Loon Bay resident Darren Canning holds a frozen mackerel found on the shore near his beachside home. Canning says hundreds of mackerel have been washing ashore over the last few weeks.
Loon Bay resident Darren Canning holds a frozen mackerel found on the shore near his beachside home. Canning says hundreds of mackerel have been washing ashore over the last few weeks.

LOON BAY, N.L. - There is something fishy on the shores of the central Newfoundland community of Loon Bay.

Hundreds on mackerel have been washing ashore in the small community of Loon Bay. Residents speculate the mackerel were killed after taking slob ice into their gills.

Hundreds of mackerel have been washing ashore over the last month or so, according to local resident Darren Canning.

Canning says it’s “nothing to worry about”, and he sees it as good chance for a feed of fish.

“Mackerel came in last year too,” said Canning. “What most people explained to me, the older people, is the mackerel come in close to shore and get slob (ice) in their gills and it kills them.”

Canning says the shore was covered with “hundreds” of mackerel as recently as a few days ago.

There is little evidence left of the frozen treat however, and Canning thinks he knows why.

“People are back and forth all day and night going along the beach picking them up.”

said Canning. “You can go one hour and you pick up four or five mackerel just along the stretch here, and come back another hours time and you can pick up the same amount.”

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