Experts report fish kill is in 2 canal discharge areas of Biscayne Bay

Experts reported Thursday in Miami-Dade County that the fish kill was in Biscayne Bay’s northern basin — mostly in the discharge areas of canal C-8 off Miami Shores and C-7 off Little River.

The Department of Environmental Resources Management announced a government contractor is working with local officials from Miami to Miami Beach to remove the dead fish and a team is analyzing water quality.

“Our Bay is very fragile, from decades of neglect and climate change,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement.

DERM is considering other culprits: The heavy rains that impacted the watershed last week, the pumping activities associated with the King tides, and this weekend’s sanitary sewer overflow event.

Investigations continue Thursday into the cause of the latest fish kill in Biscayne Bay.

Florida International University and University of Miami researchers are sharing data with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Levine Cava also said the septic-to-sewer transition and the water infrastructure upgrades are among the pollution reduction policies that her administration is taking to protect the bay.

“It will take years to reverse the damage,” Levine Cava said in her statement.

Irela Bague, Miami-Dade County’s chief bay officer, was alarmed on Wednesday.

“It’s basically nature screaming out for help and we are doing everything we can,” Bague said.

DERM is asking anyone who wants to report dead fish to call 305-372-6955 and e-mail any video or pictures of the dead fish to baywatch@miamidade.gov.

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