November 17, 2016
Hundreds of dead fish wash up in Matlacha
MATLACHA, FL -
Neighbors are dealing with dead fish floating next to their homes in Matlacha and many attribute it to red tide.
Hundreds of dead fish appeared in one area of Matlacha overnight. One boater said he moved his boat and hundreds of dead pinfish emerged from underneath.
"This is really something because they are such a hardy little fish and for them to be affected must be something really strong in the water that killed them," said Patrick Borich of Matlacha.
It's especially bad for Evan Mahoney who was welcomed home from work by the smell of the rotten fish.
"I saw them last night," Mahoney said. "I was sitting on the dock out there and I just started seeing fish individually drifting by."
Those fish took over his backyard.
"The smell is really starting to get as bad as the fish rot," said Mahoney.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife report for Lee County shows up to medium amounts of red tide in 11 samples.
But some believe the red tide is just a scapegoat.
"Usually if it's red tide, it will kill pretty much everything," said Jim Frock, who owns the Seven Seas Bait and Tackle shop. "So who knows [if it's red tide], but I don't think so."
Regardless of the cause, this dead fish have left some boaters and fishermen astounded.
"This is really something because they are such a hardy little fish," said Patrick Borich. "For them to be affected must be something really strong in the water that killed them."
There could be other factors at play like temperature or water quality, but FWC hasn't said yet.