Jasmin Buggs reeled in her line and looked with dismay at the bare metal hook.

The shrimp bait was gone — again.

Likely it was yanked off by a stealthy stingray or nabbed by a passing whiting.

Buggs and her boyfriend regularly fish in Mackay River off the edge of an old bridge that once connected Brunswick and St. Simons Island. Though both live locally, neither were aware of any pollution or fish advisory notices on the Back River, the next bridge over, due to suspected pollution from the old Hercules industrial plant. The 152-acre industrial site, marked by the white smoke billowing from a tall smokestack, is visible from the bridge across the marsh.

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