LARGE FISH KILL CURTIS ISLAND 26 October 2013

A report has come in about a large fish kill on 26 October 2013 associated with an algal bloom off Ocean Beach, South End on Curtis Island. There are hundreds of fish in the kill. Some varieties reported are flathead, parrot, stonefish, toadfish, spikey toadfish, happy moments, bream, whiting, stingray, eels, cod, mowong stripies, these ranged in sizes from 60mm to 350mm. Small and larger black fish were also found. There were also 5 black birds dead among this as well, although they have not been identified. The algae has been there for a few days.

We do not know the cause of the kill, and we are aware that locals say that while there are small fish kills associated with algae every year, this is the largest kill any of the locals have ever seen. Algae growth responds to nutrients in the water and fish kills could be related to lack of oxygen in the water due to the algae, or to toxins from the algae or both or a cause as yet unknown.

The intensity of this kill and the fact that it is has killed large fish of multiple species and possibly fish eating birds is extremely concerning.

We will provide more information as it comes to hand.

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