Massive fish kill, due to red tide, ‘never seen this before’ in Mexico Beach, Florida, USA
“This is probably the biggest fish kill we’ve ever had in our canal,” said Mayor Al Cathey. “I’ve been here all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Crews might need until the end of Friday to unclog Mexico Beach Canal of fish likely killed by a toxic red tide algae bloom on Tuesday.
Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey said the cleanup, which began on Wednesday, would be long and intensive because workers have had to remove the fish by hand with nets since machinery can’t fit in the canal. Meanwhile, the dead fish and the possible threat of more from another red tide has Cathey and some tourism advocates worried about a drop in visitors to the city and their wallets.
“This is probably the biggest fish kill we’ve ever had in our canal,” Cathey said. “I’ve been here all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wednesday report, medium concentrations of Karenia brevis, the algae responsible for red tide, were detected in Bay County near Mexico Beach. Medium concentrations of red tide are enough to kill fish and cause respiratory irritation.
Courtesy of newsherald.com