MIAMI (CBS4) – As temperatures drop in Florida, the number of cold-related fish kills is likely to increase. Chilly winter temperatures can lead to fish die-offs in Florida’s marine habitats, rivers and lakes.
South Florida’s record-tying cold front is not only sending a chill through people and pets, it’ll most likely prove deadly for fish.
Whenever temperatures take a drastic drop in Florida, the number of cold-related fish kills increases. Chilly winter temperatures can lead to fish die-offs in Florida’s marine habitats, rivers and lakes.
Warm weather species, like snook, and exotic species, like butterfly peacock bass, tilapia and sucker-mouth catfish are also the hardest hit when cold temperatures linger.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says there is no need for South Floridians to be alarmed because fish kills are natural occurrences that do not cause serious damage to the world’s eco-system. The kills often can be beneficial , as they help limit the spread of invasive, exotic species.
Even though the kills are not harmful to the environment, wildlife officials want to keep track of them as they occur around the state.
If too many kills occur in natural lakes or estuaries, restorative measures may need to be taken. To report fish kills, contact FWC at http://research.myfwc.com/fishkill/submit.aspor call the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.