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Dead fish turning up in boat ramps creating a smelly problem

A smelly problem on the Savannah River has neighbors who live nearby worried.

"No one pays to have something decomposing in their backyard," one anonymous woman said. "We're homeowners, and it's frustrating."

She didn't want to be identified, but the neighbor said dead fish are floating in the water right outside, and it stinks.

Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus said the culprits are bow fisherman. She said they're going out at night, shooting fish, then dumping the fish in boat ramps like North Augusta and Betty's Branch.

"I'm not sure why they're doing this, but this is a habitual thing,"Bonitatibus said.

But the smelly problem isn't just disrupting neighbors. Bonitatibus said some of the fisherman are breaking the law.

"They're only supposed to shoot none-game fish, which would be gar and carp."

The riverkeeper has promised if the people dumping the fish are caught, they will be fined. For more information on rules and regulations, head to http://www.georgiawildlife.com/enforcement.

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