Friday, February 14, 2014

Fish with lesions in Florida: come on down, just don't tip your toes in our waters … by gimleteye

When you next vote for an elected official at the ballot box, hold in your mind the image of a fish with lesions. You shouldn't eat the fish with lesions and you shouldn't vote for office holders who have neglected Florida's health in order to promote cheap growth. The one comes at the expense of the other, and hopefully some day Florida voters will know the difference.
That pink thing does NOT belong on that fish.
Fish with lesion concerns environmentalists
Caught in Bessey Creek near St. Lucie River

Posted: 02/10/2014
By: Jon Shainman By: Jon Shainman

STUART, Fla. - A picture of a sheepshead with a large pink lesion on it has the attention of scientists and environmentalists.

The sheepshead was caught over the weekend in Bessey Creek, in Palm City, just south of the C-23 canal.

Mark Perry with the Florida Oceanographic Society says it's likely the tumor formed when something in the water chemistry affected the fish's skin.

They've caught these fish with lesions before and it's pretty much an indicator that something is going on," said Perry.
When fisherman Jeff Eubank saw the photo, he was saddened, but not surprised.

"It's sad because this summer, the fish just aren't here any more. You might get lucky, but it's not like it was," said Eubank.

Mark Perry said there have been eight incidents in the last three decades where 33 different species of fish have turned up with lesions. Most of the them are connected to the freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee during the summer.
Environmentalists like Perry say if you see any fish that have suspected lesions, take a picture if possible so they can compile a list and see if there is some sort of pattern.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My son and I saw a lesion similar to this 31 years ago on a bream in a Homestead canal. We lanced the legion it had blood and some other fluid. It was horrible looking. We never fished in that canal again.