By Beth David, Editor
Visitors to The Sawmill in Acushnet last week noticed lots of fish that had died in the river.
According to Acushnet Animal Control Officer Rebekah Tomlinson, it happens every year. Because of a lack of oxygen in the water and the extremely dry summer we had this year, it happened earlier than usual.
The Buzzards Bay Coalition owns the property, which is open to the public. Ms. Tomlinson posted on Facebook that the BBC was aware of the fish die-off and decided to leave them there to let other wildlife feed off them.
The Neighb News’s intrepid photographer, Glenn C. Silva, ventured out on Monday, but the dead fish were already gone. However, he caught sight of loads of very alive menhaden, aka peanut bunker, a bait fish, as identified by Allen Decker and Sara Quintal of the BBC.
The park is at 32 Mill Road in Acushnet at the site of the old Acushnet Sawmill. In addition to the Acushnet River flowing through it, the park features walking trails, wheelchair accessible trails, marshland, and lots of wildlife. The herring swim upstream at this spot, using a nature-life fishway to help them along their way.
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