Jeff Medor was fishing for bowfin with his sons on Lake Champlain in eastern Alburgh when one of his kids caught something unusual: an American eel.
While that eel looked healthy, that same week they spotted another one on shore, dead.
“And then another one and another one,” he said. “I think we’re up to six here.”
Bernie Pientka, a fisheries biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the state has received reports of 16 dead eels washed up on northern Lake Champlain so far this year — up from one last year.
“It’s not necessarily huge,” he said. “But it’s not a common occurrence.”
The dead eels being reported are larger fish, probably 8 to 10 years old, that seem to be prepping for migration, he said.
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Hundreds of fish and eels were found dead in one of London’s busiest canals after the heatwave.
Environment Agency teams were called at the weekend after the marine life was spotted on the surface of the Grand Union Canal. About 400 fish were removed from a basin of water near to Kensal Green that included pike, tench, perch and roach.
Tests are being carried out by the Canal & River Trust to find the cause. An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We currently believe the causes were natural following the hot weather, however, at the moment we can’t rule out pollution in the canal.”
Extra oxygen was pumped into the water after the removal operation. Waterways can heat up in summer causing a reduction in oxygen levels.
The canal is also experiencing high levels of duckweed, that can also threaten marine life by depleting sunlight hitting the water and further reducing oxygen levels.
Duckweeds are ladybird-sized flowering aquatic plants that float on the surface of slow-moving water, blanketing it in a green crust. Nearly 800 tons of the suffocating weed have been scooped from London’s waterways by the trust since April as temperatures have risen. Joe Coggins, spokesman for the trust, said: “Our teams working out on the water will continue to monitor for any signs of fish distress and will continue to remove duckweed.
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Hundreds of dead fish, manatees, sea turtles, eels and other marine life wash up in Boca Grande, Florida, USA
Charter boat captain Chris Oneill videotaped those dead manatees, Tuesday, and posted the video to his Facebook page. The video has since been viewed more than a million times and drawn attention to the area’s fish kills.
“I haven’t been able to fish for a week, since mid-last week, because fish started dying and we’re not going to take people out here and subject them to these conditions because there are potential health concerns as well,” Oneill said.
Hundreds of dead fish were crowding Boca Grande’s coastline. Maggots were seen eating the rotting fish, which were emitting a strong odor.
Oneill counted more than 40 endangered Goliath Groupers washed up on the beach this week, ranging from 10 pounds to 400 pounds.
“Black grouper, gag grouper, red grouper, trout, eel, puffer fish, everything you could imagine is right here in this weed line that’s washed up the last couple days,” he said as he pointed out the rotting fish.
Guests were also frustrated by the fish kills. The beach was mostly empty, Wednesday, with the exception of a couple of visitors who were checking out the dead fish for themselves.
“We’ve been hanging out at the pool because… look, there’s no one hanging out at the beach. It’s terrible,” said one visitor. “We have another family vacation planned without kids in August and we’re not sure we’re going to come. If there’s red ride, we’re definitely not coming.”
The fish kills come as the National Weather Service issued beach hazards statements for red tide for coastal northern Lee County and coastal Sarasota County.
Captain Oneill is not sure what is causing the red tide, but notes after Lake Okeechobee water releases, Southwest Florida’s coasts regularly have fish kills.
“I can’t put my finger on what exactly the problem is, but I can certainly tell you any time they dump that lake, and the discharge comes out of the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, within a week we start seeing significant kills along our shorelines here in Southwest Florida,” he said. “It’s sad to see that so much death is happening. I’ve only been here 15 years, and year after year I see things like this. This is the worst I’ve seen, and I’ve yet to see anyone out here assessing the problem or trying to figure it out.”
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