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Jun 12, 2018

Sargassum Killed Fish in San Pedro

Beverly Wade

There has been at least two fish kill in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Back in May, hundreds of dead fish including permit and bonefish surfaced on the Boca Del Rio Beach. And about a week ago, dead fish surfaced on the lagoon in San Pedro Town, including snappers and barracudas. Local authorities on the island have been investigating and suspect that the presence of sargassum in the waters may have caused the fish kills. Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade confirmed that the sargassum has a part in the fish kill.

 

Beverly Wade, Administrator, Fisheries Department

“The sargassum phenomenon has been affecting not only Belize, the entire Yucatan Peninsula, the Eastern Caribbean countries, for a number of years now. And so there is a task force that is commissioned through the Ministry of Tourism that we also sit on, along with other government agencies, to work with stakeholders and see how you can try and manage it. But with regards to the fish kill, unfortunately when you have conditions that come together you will have that kind of thing in nature. My understanding that along with the sargassum, when it is breaking down it makes the water very low in oxygen. If you noticed from the video, a lot of the fish were gasping for air and so it was a situation where there was a day with low tide and a lot of the fish got trapped in a very low bay area. There wasn’t the flushing activity which allows for fresh water and oxygen to be passing through and with the actual decomposition of the sargassum that was there it creates an anoxic environment and so that is what happened. It is something that is short term.   We are grateful that in Belize we are not as heavily impacted as in other countries.”

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1 Response for “Sargassum Killed Fish in San Pedro”

  1. concern says:

    We should internationally sue and charge the oil company BP for negligently discharging more than 5 million barrels of crude oil in the gulf of mexico on April 20th, 2010. This spill created a balloon on the ocean floor that is killing everything on its path which all the Caribbean is now being affected since the BP oil spill.Scientist know that oil and water will never MIX no matter what. Sadly, Belize is not doing nothing and the environmentalist have gone mute and deaf on this as they benefit from BP donations. Belizeans wake up!!!

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