It is a scene out of a nightmare for any angler. Final weekend, dozens of anglers reported a large fish kill occasion in Cellular Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama. As for the species of the deceased fish? They had been all redfish—one of many area’s most prized recreation fish.
Native constitution boat captain Blake Michaleski encountered the lifeless redfish whereas heading to the Sand Island Lighthouse. He recorded a video of the carnage and posted it on Facebook. “I’m sick to my abdomen,” wrote Michaleski. “A whole bunch of breeder bull reds lifeless alongside the tideline on the mouth of Cellular Bay…[I] talked to a few others that had been simply west of me. One stated he estimated a thousand [were dead], the opposite stated far more than a thousand. [Fish kills were] additionally reported in Weeks Bay and the MS Sound.”
Michaleski reported the incident to native authorities. Scientists from the Alabama Marine Assets Division, the College of Southern Alabama, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab are all investigating the fish kill. “It’s scary to see that many lifeless fish, however there are different fish reproducing so proper now we don’t suppose it jeopardizes the spawning inventory inhabitants,” College of Southern Alabama Director of the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences Sean Powers told WKRG. Powers additionally famous it’s been troublesome to pinpoint precisely what occurred as a result of water circumstances change so shortly.
Native officers say that fish kills like this one are possible an annual incidence—however that it’s uncommon for it to occur so early within the yr and for individuals to come across the lifeless fish out within the water earlier than they wash to shore. They’ve supplied a number of attainable causes, together with low oxygen ranges due to a dangerous algae bloom, which could be brought on by air pollution, or a toxicity occasion brought on by heavy rains pushing poisonous micro organism into the bay. Business fishing will not be thought of to be a probable wrongdoer.
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Regardless of the startling fish kill, officers say that the general well being of the bay’s ecosystem seems to be good. That stated, they encourage anybody who encounters comparable occasions to report them for additional investigation.