Two groups of goliaths have been found off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida, as the city continues to struggle with a large number of dead fish due to the devastating red current.
Fox 13 News reported it was unknown how the two large fish died, but crews in the city were trying to clear the dead fish and excess algae. One of the group weighed 400 pounds and the crew had to use an excavator to lift the fish out of the water.
As of Tuesday, 614 tons of dead fish had been collected, the report said.
“Everywhere you look, from St. Pitt to Tam Bay, the canals, the southern Apollo beach; these are just dead fish swimming,” Dustin, the captain of the fly fishing, told the partner.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Goliath Groupers can lift up to £ 800. Since 1990, the collection of this species has been banned in waters off the southeastern coast of the United States. If a Goliath Grouper is caught, it must be released.
The fish was added to the endangered species list in 1991 and was later added to the “species of concern” list, the NOAA said. In 2006, Goliath Groupers were removed from the list of species, but they remain banned for collection.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Wednesday called on Governor Ron Desantis to declare a state of emergency to free public funds.
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“It’s not about politics. I know the governor has been going through a lot of controversy lately, but we need his office to pay attention to that,” he said. according to the station.
Acesparks spokeswoman Ann W. Schmidt contributed to the report