UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Hundreds of dead fish found washed up at Baiter in Poole

UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Hundreds of dead fish found washed up at Baiter in Poole

Hundreds of dead fish washed up at Baiter in Poole

Hundreds of dead fish washed up at Baiter in Poole

First published in News

HUNDREDS of pieces of fish have washed up at Baiter Park in Poole.

The fish, which are believed to include salmon, which have already been filleted, can be seen in the shallow water and some have washed up on the sand.

It is believed that they have been dumped by a fish merchant, many of which appears to be in large clumps.

One fisherman, who asked not to be named, said: “This will be the work of a fish merchant, who has bought a lot of fish and has then dumped the bits that they don’t want.

“The blocks of fish you can see are from where they have been frozen in boxes and then tipped out."

He went on to say that it reflects badly on the local fisherman, as pedestrians and resident will immediately look to them to point the finger of blame, particularly when the fish start to rot and smell.

“Somebody could have parked up at Baiter, in a van, to dump them. If you look, you will see a start line for where they tipped them out, and then the wind has blown the bits along the water, towards the east.

“These fish could have been processed and used as whelk bait by a fisherman, but they have definitely not come from a local catch.”

Greame Whitworth, a pot baiter, says that local fisherman, as they do not fillet fish on their boats, but simply pass it on to the merchants to do.

He said: “It could possibly be used as bait for fisherman, because bait is very expensive.

“This has got to be the work of somebody who does fish filleting and I do not know any fisherman around here, who do that."

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10:51am Wed 19 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Something fishy about that!
Something fishy about that! hooplaa
  • Score: 3

11:14am Wed 19 Mar 14

leew1990 says...

for cod sake, this really isnt the plaice for fish jokes!
for cod sake, this really isnt the plaice for fish jokes! leew1990
  • Score: 17

11:25am Wed 19 Mar 14

ranger_bob says...

Well there's no skating over this issue. If we don't move on we'll just flounder around in the mire.
Well there's no skating over this issue. If we don't move on we'll just flounder around in the mire. ranger_bob
  • Score: 7

11:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

fayblitz says...

I walked along the harbour path yesterday afternoon and blocks of dead fish were in a line along the beach/gravel about 8 or so
I walked along the harbour path yesterday afternoon and blocks of dead fish were in a line along the beach/gravel about 8 or so fayblitz
  • Score: 0

11:49am Wed 19 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

Not a nice plaice. Mind you had the travellers been in Baiter Park and complained of the smell, it would have been cleared up in a flash. Upon my sole.
Not a nice plaice. Mind you had the travellers been in Baiter Park and complained of the smell, it would have been cleared up in a flash. Upon my sole. TheDistrict
  • Score: 8

12:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

apop3d says...

"It is believed that they have been dumped by a fish merchant, many of which appears to be in large clumps."

Many fish merchants are in large clumps? Photos, please.
"It is believed that they have been dumped by a fish merchant, many of which appears to be in large clumps." Many fish merchants are in large clumps? Photos, please. apop3d
  • Score: 5

1:22pm Wed 19 Mar 14

AnotherDay says...

whoever did this deserves a battering!
whoever did this deserves a battering! AnotherDay
  • Score: 9

3:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

rollingpinboy says...

Are not wild Salmon and Sea Trout protected species in this area? Seems possible illegal fishing is going on!
Are not wild Salmon and Sea Trout protected species in this area? Seems possible illegal fishing is going on! rollingpinboy
  • Score: 2

3:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

smhinto says...

It sounds like a load of ' CODS POLLUCKS' to me
It sounds like a load of ' CODS POLLUCKS' to me smhinto
  • Score: -8

8:50pm Wed 19 Mar 14

afcdibby says...

This is the actions of an R Sole.
This is the actions of an R Sole. afcdibby
  • Score: 10

10:01pm Wed 19 Mar 14

goatty says...

Just seen Mitchell out collecting the dead fish to serve at his Boatshed restaurant.
Just seen Mitchell out collecting the dead fish to serve at his Boatshed restaurant. goatty
  • Score: 2

10:27pm Wed 19 Mar 14

master plan says...

About time bournemouth echo it's been going on for a few months now bloody disgusting!!!
About time bournemouth echo it's been going on for a few months now bloody disgusting!!! master plan
  • Score: 8

10:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Specials on offer at Harry Ramsdens!

Fresh 'off the boat'.
Specials on offer at Harry Ramsdens! Fresh 'off the boat'. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

9:20am Thu 20 Mar 14

Berriano says...

Does it not seem ironic that the fish ended up at "Baiter"!
Does it not seem ironic that the fish ended up at "Baiter"! Berriano
  • Score: 5

9:52am Thu 20 Mar 14

p.smith1958 says...

Shouldn't be t hard t find the culprit, just have a visit to the large fish merchants in the area and see who has had a freezer break down.... simples
Shouldn't be t hard t find the culprit, just have a visit to the large fish merchants in the area and see who has had a freezer break down.... simples p.smith1958
  • Score: 3

9:53am Thu 20 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Surely the seagulls will eat them up. They must be bored of chips and kebabs by now.
Surely the seagulls will eat them up. They must be bored of chips and kebabs by now. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 10

3:10pm Thu 20 Mar 14

mark.s says...

I bet whoever did this is going to get a right Pollocking.
I bet whoever did this is going to get a right Pollocking. mark.s
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Thu 20 Mar 14

armchair-apathist says...

I'm shore the council will mullet over and find pout who was roesponsible.
I'm shore the council will mullet over and find pout who was roesponsible. armchair-apathist
  • Score: -1

7:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Understated says...

i trout something was wrong this morning when i smelled fish in the air..
i trout something was wrong this morning when i smelled fish in the air.. Understated
  • Score: -1

9:51pm Thu 20 Mar 14

lynda26 says...

Some great word play but it shouldn't happen
Some great word play but it shouldn't happen lynda26
  • Score: 0

10:42pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

There is a special on offer at Harry Ramsden's...........
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There is a special on offer at Harry Ramsden's........... ....... Yankee1
  • Score: 0

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