As residents around northern Biscayne Bay, Florida began to wake up and take their usual morning stroll along the Bay, they discovered something putrid and alarming: thousands of dead fish rolling in the shallow surf. Immediately, concerned citizens sent images and messages to Miami Waterkeeper, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and conserving the Bay.
“This is it, this is what we’ve been warning about and we’re starting to see fish die. We’ve already seen our seagrass die and this is the big red flashing arrow that we have a problem,” Rachel Silverstein, of Miami Waterkeeper, said. “We are beyond the time to act. Something terrible has already happened, but we need to prevent this from becoming an emergency across even more of the bay.”
Currently, the exact cause of the fish kill is unknown, but it’s hypothesized that it was caused by some combination of climate change factors and pollution causing an algae bloom.
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“@MiamiWaterKeeper needs our eyes on the water. Biscayne Bay is in terrible shape… currently experiencing an unprecedented fish kill in the northern region of the Bay. Every species is affected and showing no signs of letting up. Please follow the Miami Waterkeeper pages on IG and FB for current updates… tag them in any current videos and HELP US SPREAD THE WORD. #SAVEBISCAYNEBAY” – @CaptBennyBlanco
We will continue to monitor the news and update this article as more details emerge.