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City continues to see improvement on sea life kills, conditions

August 15, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Conditions on Sanibel's beaches and in its canals and bayous continue to show improvement.

The city reported today that it continues to observe an overall significant reduction in the deposits of dead sea life, which are the results of the water quality situation. Light deposits of red drift algae are again washing up mid-island, while the city continues to reduce its cleanup crews that respond to low tide deposits and large carcasses.

"Unless conditions change significantly, persons on the beach will begin to see a return of Sanibel's beaches to a natural state," City Manager Judie Zimomra reported via today's daily update.

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Blind Pass Beach.

On Aug. 14, six large fish carcasses were removed from the beaches - one goliath grouper and five tarpon. As of the end of business on Aug. 13, the total dead sea life removed from the beaches is 309.6 tons or 619,200 pounds. The total does include a whale shark that washed up on July 22, as well as the goliath grouper and tarpon, but it does not include the dead sea life that was removed from the canals.

Today's first light of day report from city staff is as follows:

- Lighthouse Beach

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

- Sanibel Boat Ramp

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: Not present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: Six dead fish total

- Algiers Beach (Gulfside City Park)

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

- Tarpon Bay Beach

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: About five fish every 10 feet

- Bowman's Beach

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

- Blind Pass

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Slight

Deposits: None present

- Turner Beach Park

Current Conditions: Good

Red Tide: No irritation present

Odor: Not present

Deposits: None present

Based on tides, winds and currents, the conditions may alter quickly and significantly.

If you encounter any dead sea life washed ashore on private property that is too large to be removed by hand, email address and location to j.zimomra@mysanibel.com and attach a photo if possible.

A large portion of the dead fish on the beach are catfish. The pectoral (side) fins and dorsal (top) fin contain sharp venomous spines; extreme care should be used when handling the fish. Beach-goers should also avoid stepping on dead catfish as some sharp barbs can even penetrate the sole of a shoe.

 
 

 

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