Massive fish kill in Florida, waterways under attack

Banana River and Merritt Island suffers unprecedented fishkill from a brown algae bloom. Florida Today reports,”Thousands of fish have died in the Indian River Lagoon in recent days in one of the area’s most massive fish kills in recent memory.”

“Several species of algae have been blooming in the lagoon since January, predominately a species called Aureoumbra lagunensis, also known as “brown tide.” It’s shown up in lagoon samples in 2005, but not at bloom levels until 2012. The algae cells are so tiny that it would take 200 of them to stretch across the period at the end of this sentence. The algae produce a mucus that clogs up oysters, clams and other shellfish, eventually killing them.”

Read the entire article here: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/2016/03/23/what-we-know—-and-dont-know—-fish-kill/82163574/

According to the Brevard Times, “Dead or dying blue crab, juvenile whiting, sheepshead, catfish, puffer fish, black drum, flounder, red fish, and speckled trout can be found throughout the Banana River, around the Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach, and in residential canals…

…Brown algae blooms are caused by the pelagophyte Aureoumbra lagunensis. The algae depletes the dissolved oxygen in the water to such a low level that fish suffocate and die.”

From the Brevard Times: Thousands of dead fish killed by a Brown Tide algae bloom in the Indian River Lagoon float around Patrick Air Force Base on Monday. Brown tides are caused by the pelagophyte Aureoumbra lagunensis. The algae depletes the dissolved oxygen in the water to such a low level that fish suffocate and die. Photo Courtesy of Katey Roebuck.

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Justin Vaden, Titusville resident and fisherman, collected video of the Banana River Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on midday on March 18, and added footage on the 21st. “I stopped there at lunch on shore to take more videos.” Vaden said. He’s been fishing the area about 25 years. “I’ve never seen it that bad.”

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