Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Residents concerned over fish kill in Indian River Lagoon


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HOW EXTENSIVE IS THE FISH KILL? BOB: JIM, IT SEEMS VERY LOCALIZED AND NOT SOMETHING THAT’S TERRIBLY UNUSUAL. BUT LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE CONCERNED. >> OBVIOUSLY, FROM WHAT WE HAVE HERE, IT’S A MASSIVE FISH KILL. BOB: CATFISH, BLACK DRUM, AND LADYFISH HAVE PILED UP BY THE HUNDREDS IN A COUPLE OF SPOTS ALONG THE SUNRISE LANDING CONDO COMPLEX ON THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON IN PORT ST. JOHN. >> BEING A LIFELONG BREVARD COUNTY RESIDENT, I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. I’M JUST WONDERING IF WE’RE GOING TO GO THROUGH 2015 OR 2016. BOB: AT FIRST GLANCE, IT’S NOWHERE NEAR THE EPIC FISH KILL OF MARCH 2016, IN WHICH DEAD FISH LINED THE LAGOON BANKS FOR MILES. STATE BIOLOGISTS HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED A CAUSE FOR THIS NEWER KILL, ALTHOUGH THEY SAY IT IS NOT LINKED TO RED TIDE. BROWN TIDE IS A MORE LIKELY SUSPECT. THAT’S A KIND OF BROWN ALGAE THAT’S NOT POISONOUS, BUT WHICH ROBS THE WATER OF OXYGEN AND CAUSES FISH TO SUFFOCATE. HOT WEATHER CAN MAKE IT WORSE. LOCAL WATER MANAGERS SAY WARMER WATER HOLDS LESS OXYGEN TO BEGIN WITH. >> I JUST THINK IT’S ANOTHER SIGN OF HOW WE NEED TO ADDRESS DEALING WITH THE LAGOON. BOB: THE BIGGER PICTURE IS THAT THE LAGOON IS SHOWING MEASURABLE SIGNS OF RECOVERY SINCE A 10-YEAR CLEANUP PLAN GOT UNDERWAY. THE BROWN TIDE HAS BECOME LESS INTENSE AND SMALLER IN EXTENT. DREDGING APPEARS TO HAVE IMPROVED WATER CLARITY BY REMOVING THOUSANDS OF TONS OF GOOEY BLACK MUCK. LOCAL RESIDENTS HAVE NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE. >> THE RIVER IN THIS AREA’S COMING BACK. AND WE WANT TO KEEP IT THIS WAY. BOB: THE HEAD OF THE CLEANUP EFFORT SAYS FISH KILLS THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN FEWER AND FARTHER BETWEEN. BIOLOGISTS ARE WORKING TO FIND THE CAUSE OF THIS

Residents concerned over fish kill in Indian River Lagoon

Hundreds of fish are going belly-up in the Indian River Lagoon, and people who live along the waterfront are concerned.Catfish, black drum and ladyfish have piled up by the hundreds in a couple of spots along the Sunrise Landing condo complex on the Indian River Lagoon in Port Saint John. State biologists have not identified a cause for this newer kill, although they say it is not linked to red tide. Brown tide, a kind of algae, is a more likely suspect.”Being a lifelong Brevard County resident, I’ve never seen this before. I’m just wondering if we’re going to go through 2015 or 2016,” waterfront resident Kelly Parrish said.The extent of the fish kill is nowhere near the epic fish kill of 2016. There have been relatively few fish kills this year, and the lagoon is showing signs of responding to a ten-year cleanup effort.

PORT SAINT JOHN, Fla. —

Hundreds of fish are going belly-up in the Indian River Lagoon, and people who live along the waterfront are concerned.

Catfish, black drum and ladyfish have piled up by the hundreds in a couple of spots along the Sunrise Landing condo complex on the Indian River Lagoon in Port Saint John.

State biologists have not identified a cause for this newer kill, although they say it is not linked to red tide.

Brown tide, a kind of algae, is a more likely suspect.

“Being a lifelong Brevard County resident, I’ve never seen this before. I’m just wondering if we’re going to go through 2015 or 2016,” waterfront resident Kelly Parrish said.

The extent of the fish kill is nowhere near the epic fish kill of 2016.

There have been relatively few fish kills this year, and the la

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