Calif. sardines die-off a boon to composting firm

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Posted: Mar 14, 2011 9:26 AM
Calif. sardines die-off a boon to composting firm

The massive fish die-off in a Southern California marina is a boon for a Mojave Desert composting firm that is recycling the stinking haul for use as fertilizer.

Trucks took about 75 tons of rotting sardines to Victorville's American Organic site in the first four days of the cleanup at King Harbor in Redondo Beach. The city says cleanup of 140 tons of dead sardines was completed Sunday.

The American Organic general manager tells the Victorville Daily Press that the fish will be used as fertilizer.

Biologists from the University of Southern California and the state Department of Fish and Game say critically low oxygen levels in the water caused the sardines to suffocate on March 7.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.vvdailypress.com