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Scientist: Heat May Have Caused Wave of Dead Fish

Seagulls and sea lions were making a feast of the the kill this morning and at least one fisherman gathered some of the dead creatures to use as bait.

Last week's heat wave may have been the reason why thousands of dead fish rose to the surface of a section of Marina del Rey near Ballona Creek, an environmental scientist said today.

The fish, which included anchovies, rays and other species, surfaced at Basin A of the marina, which is near Bora Bora Way, according to a deputy at the sheriff's Marina del Rey station.

Neighbors starting calling the station at about 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The reasons behind the die-off are being investigated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Heal the Bay's Dana Murray, a marine and coastal scientist, said she believes the hot weather was the cause.

"My guess is ... that these anchovies died from low dissolved oxygen levels," Murray told Video News West. "Basically we had thousands and thousands of fish occupying a very small area ... There is less oxygen for them to live."

She said that although there is probably nothing that could have been done to directly prevent the die-off, smarter development around coastal areas and protecting marine areas could help.

"Our shorelines are right along the habitat that sustains these populations," Murray said. "Fish already face stressors from pollution, climate change and from rising sea levels and temperatures ... If we create areas that are protected that lessen some of those human-induced stressors, marine life has a better chance of surviving into the future."

Seagulls and sea lions were making a feast of the the kill this morning and at least one fisherman gathered some of the dead creatures to use as bait.

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors was cleaning up the fishy mess.

Carol Baker, a department spokeswoman, said crews were able to clear around 90 percent of the fish that died Sunday but more fish showed up overnight.

"We are not sure if this is continuing to be a dynamic situation or not," Baker said. "Only time will tell. We will continue to be here and clean up as much as we can."

She said that crews are cleaning out the main thruways of the harbor but some fish have floated into the dock areas around the boats and those will be the hardest to clean up

"At that point, I think we are going to need some additional help going into there," Baker said.

Similar kills have occurred in King Harbor in Redondo Beach and Ventura Harbor in Ventura. In those cases, the fish were used as fertilizer.

--City News Service


venicebeachpress.com May 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Tasty fish no doubt, all that fukashima radiation in the pacific, yummy. IM havin sushi tonight!
venicebeachpress.com May 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM
And dont forget that delicious gulf oil spill salmon, come on down to new orleans, where the bacteria is finally goin away.
Sean May 20, 2014 at 02:00 PM
lets see... the winds were coming from the east... what is east of A - basin? the shipyard! is it possible that pollutants were driven by wind from H - basin westward into A - basin? that would help explain why only A- basin was affected and not any other area of the marina. i dont buy the scientific explanation of it being too hot, there is more to this, if only the gov served the people instead of protecting business
mimi May 20, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Sean, I agree with you. I scuba dived in oceans where water temperatures were 80+ degrees. The fish and marine life were remarkably healthy. The "hot water" explanation makes no sense. What's next ---- the fish were depressed and committed mass suicide?
Douglas Fay May 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Hey! Are any of you paying attention to the steal the bay expert quotes, "my guess is...." Wow, you must be their most intelligent scientist! And my favorite, ".. If we create areas that are protected that lessen some of those human-induced stressors, marine life has a better chance of surviving into the future." My dear Dana Murray, when the politicians allowed 34,000,000 cubic yards of wildlife habitat to be excavated creating the harbor, and dumped on 5.5 miles of Santa Monica Bay coastline killing countless coastal inhabitants, the 10.7 acre Oxford Bird Refuge was created and protected until steal the bay came along and sold out. Yes, that's why I had to start a lawsuit with the County. You, Mark gold, Shelley Luce, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission/Foundation and the rest of the easy street crowd let us down AGAIN! If you really want to vote for the environment vote for Doug Fay, 3rd generation local environmental activist that tells it like it is. Unlike steal the bay, I don't want your money, just your vote so I can protect what I love. It's your miracle to make.

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