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Critically endangered Goliath grouper among thousands of dead fish removed from Sanibel beaches in the last two days

August 1, 2018
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Thirty Goliath grouper carcasses - a species listed as critically endangered - and two tarpon were among the thousands of dead fish collected on Sanibel beaches in the last two days.

"Yesterday, the City removed a total of 21 large carcasses from our shores (19 Goliath Groupers & 2 Tarpon) and thousands of smaller dead sea life from the impacted areas of the beaches. Thus far today, the City has removed an additional 11 Goliath Groupers from our beaches," a fish kill update report issued by the city Wednesday afternoon states.

The worst area among the beaches was at Lighthouse Beach, where the wash-up was estimated at "approximately 40 dead sea life every foot" and the red tide was in 'very heavy presence" with a strong odor detected.

Article Photos

Christian Rehm shared photos, taken on Monday on Sanibel, with our sister paper, the Sanibel Island Reporter.

Additional labor and equipment was sent to the beaches on Wednesday, including two boats to remove dead fish from the canals, the city of Sanibel release states.

Florida Fish and Wildlife has responded and is continuing its inspection of the dead Goliath groupers for research purposes.

According to the release, the large carcasses inventory for Tuesday, July 31, (one day total; not cumulative) is :

Goliath Grouper - 19

2 @ 150 lbs.

@ 175 lbs.

4 @ 200 lbs.

2 @ 80 lbs.

10 @ 40 lbs.

Tarpon - 2

1 @ 175 lbs.

1 @ 250 lbs.

The first-light-of-day report by City of Sanibel Public Works staff reports the following conditions:

Lighthouse Beach

Current Conditions: Poor

Red Tide: Very heavy presence

Odor: Strong

Deposits: Approximately 40 dead sea life every foot

Sanibel Boat Ramp

Current Conditions: Fair

Red Tide: Present

Odor: Slight

Deposits: Approximately 10 dead sea life every 10 feet

Algiers Beach (Gulfside City Park)

Current Conditions: Fair

Red Tide: Present

Odor: Present

Deposits: Approximately 20 dead sea life every 10 feet

Tarpon Bay Beach

Current Conditions: Fair

Red Tide: Slight presence

Odor: Moderate

Deposits: Approximately 5 dead sea life every 10 feet

Bowman's Beach

Current Conditions: Fair to Good

Red Tide: Slight presence

Odor: Present

Deposits: Approximately 10 dead sea life every 10 feet

Blind Pass

Current Conditions: Moderate

Red Tide: Slight to Moderate presence

Odor: Present

Deposits: Approximately one dead sea life every foot

Turner Beach Park

Current Conditions: Good to Excellent

Red Tide: Not present

Odor: None

Deposits: None

"Based on tides, winds and currents, these conditions may alter quickly and significantly," officials said.

Anyone who encounters a dead sea life washed ashore on private property that is too large to be removed by hand, is asked to email address and location information to: j.zimomra@mysanibel.com with an attached, photo if possible.

 
 

 

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