Fish kill in St. Johns isn't related to annual cycle
There's no easy solution for the puzzling fish kill in St. Johns, Jacksonville Times-Union, June 26, 2010:
If you think the... fish kill on the St. Johns River is an annual event that just came early this year, think again. ... "This kill is unprecedented," he said. He explained that fish kills due to low oxygen levels are typically confined to smaller areas, not as widespread as the problem has become. ...
He said they found lesions in the brains of some redfish. "I'm not sure what else," White said. That, White says, points to toxicity. ...
White said that he's received reports from the area of the Rudder Club "adjacent to the Buckman Bridge" of water birds that mainly eat small fish regurgitating stomach contents. ...
"There will be no quick or easy solution" to whatever is happening. Identifying the problem isn't likely to make it go away.
Why Jacksonville? See: Palm Beach Post: Oil slick almost certain to ride current
In one experiment, a buoy dropped in the Gulf made its way via the Loop [Current]... recalled George Maul, the head of the Department of Marine Environmental Systems at the Florida Institute of Technology... [The buoy] shot straight to Jacksonville.
"Some of the tar balls may start showing up on the east coast as far as Jacksonville," Bill Hogarth, dean of the College of Marine Science at USF, told members of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in a telephone conference call.
"Infections and toxins are going to be the big killers of these animals," [Dr. Michael] Walsh said.