Scores of fish found dead on Coral Beach

UPDATE—Fisheries officer Clement Campbell gave an update in the dead fish that was found washed ashore on Coral Beach this weekend by beachgoers.

A variety of fish, about 187, were discovered washed up on Coral Beach’s shores this past Sunday (June 10). Bahamas Department of Marine Resources Assistant Superintendent of Fisheries (ASF) Clement Campbell addressed the unusual incident during an interview on Monday (June 11).

He stated that he received a phone call from the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and other concerned individuals that there were fish washed up on the Coral Beach.

“I subsequently contacted Marine Patrol and several other persons. Upon patrolling the beach by foot we ran into a lot of fish that were on the beach. It was not as much fish as social media outlets had been implying but after walking about three quarters of a mile we counted around 187 fish.

“The amazing thing about this was all the fish were basically one type,” he said.

Campbell explained that the fish were all reef fish and not the deep water fish that have become the most wanted items on the market such as lane snappers, red snappers, yellowtail snappers and groupers.

He described that the fish they found were primarily grunts, bigeye trevally fish otherwise known as “big eye johns”, margate fish, and eel.

“If it was any type of chemicals or explosives you would have to have had other fish,” he said.
Campbell revealed that he along with representatives from other marine entities determined that the fish were probably discarded by someone on their fishing boat.

He took the opportunity to assure the public that nothing is wrong with the fish in surrounding waters.
“There’s nothing wrong with the fish and there’s nothing wrong with the water,” he said.

Campbell furthered that he wants to get a chemical company here to test a small sample of the fish.
He also appealed to the members of the public to contact the Department of Marine Resources, the BNT or to contact him if they witness anyone dumping fish.

“Some of the fish that washed up were good fish like the grunts and the margate fish and the big eye John, but they’re just not the top quality fish,” he said.

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