The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking the public’s help in monitoring fish health by reporting saltwater and freshwater fish kills.
FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues and associated environmental events.
Many factors can contribute to a fish kill. Weather-related factors are common causes. Sudden temperature fluctuations or extreme temperatures can result in fish kills any time of the year. Hot weather during the summer months can cause fish kills, in part because warm water holds less oxygen than cold water. Heavy rains also can play a role by suspending sediments in the water column and by washing vegetation, such as leaves and grass clippings, into the system where they decompose. The decomposition process also can remove oxygen from water.
The public can report fish kills to the FWC at http://www.myfwc.com/fishkill or by calling the FWC fish kill hotline at 800-636-0511. Reports can also be submitted through the “FWC Reporter” app on iOS or Android mobile devices.