FISH KILL ON LAGOON SIDE OF SAN PEDRO UNDER INVESTIGATION

Hundreds of dead fish are surfacing on the lagoon side of San pedro, Ambergris Caye. The phenomenon, which also happened last May, is occurring this time in an area near the San Juan Subdivision, according to The San Pedro Sun. Species include snapper, and barracuda sardines. The staff at Hol Chan Marine Reserve have been made aware of the situation and have commenced an investigation. The increased presence of Sargasso, locally known as ‘seaweed” may be the culprit because, as it decomposes, it releases poisonous gasses into the nearby water. Excess nitrates from decomposing sewage may also stimulate the growth of algae which absorb large amounts of oxygen from the water and deprive fish populations. The article quotes Hol Chan Biologist Kirah Forman as saying that many of the dead fish may have died somewhere and floated to the area where they are currently located. As mentioned before an investigation has been launched.

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