FL - Dead fish wash ashore in Ormond Beach
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According to an email to the county from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the fish were likely a bycatch net dump from an offshore commercial fishing boat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries describes bycatch as animals sometimes caught by fishermen that “they do not want, cannot sell, or are not allowed to keep.” This sea life often suffers injuries or death, NOAA states.
Volusia County acting Coastal Director Terri Propst said in an email that staff from the county environmental division determined the bycatch most likely came from a shrimp trawler.
Though FWC said it had no recent water samples from Volusia to determine if the fish were killed due to red tide, it did state that water samples from Brevard County are currently negative for the algal blooms.