A large algae bloom has appeared in North Miami waters after thousands of dead fish have been spotted floating over the past few weeks.
The algae bloom looks like a thick carpet of sludge and has been preventing locals from entering the waters for any of their normal activities, such as swimming, boating, and fishing.
Long time residents complain about a terrible smell, saying they’ve never seen anything like it before.
Take a look at these photos …
Experts say the problem is part of ongoing nutrient pollution, one of Florida’s biggest environmental challenges.
Nutrient pollution comes from a combination of septic tank sewage leaks, stormwater runoff, and fertilizer.
Nonprofit environmental group, Miami Waterkeeper, says the dying fish and algae bloom are part of a vicious cycle where nutrient pollution feeds algae overgrowth … this then leads to low levels of oxygen.
The low oxygen levels kill the fish … their carcasses cause more bacteria and more algae that continue to lower oxygen … and it repeats.
Water agencies have been pumping oxygen into the water while North Bay Village passed a fertilizer ordinance and a single-use plastic ban.
But more needs to be done …
At Karmagawa and SaveTheReef, we believe the government officials need to declare a state of emergency in Biscayne Bay and initiate major reforms.
Only then will we have a chance to preserve these beautiful waters and protect our marine life.
Have them watch this powerful video …
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