Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Charter Captain discovers fish kill near Ft. Myers Beach, Florida - 27th Dec 2011

Dozens of dead fish are floating towards the mouth of the Caloosahatchee river. Many fear red tide is to blame, and some charter fishermen worry this could affect their bottom line.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says a high concentration of red tide bloom is lingering near the shores of Sanibel and floating down to Collier County.

Fort Myers Beach is packed with tourists playing in the waves and enjoying the sun. But just offshore, Charter Captain George Howell noticed a disturbing sight lurking a few miles off Fort Myers Beach.

"We noticed some dead fish, and the bait fish we caught in the well died within about two minutes," said Howell.

He believes red tide is to blame. He snapped photos with his phone, and says as the day wore on, the fish kill was moving in. Read More