Seabrook and other coastal cities recently experienced a “fish kill” over the Memorial Day holiday, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD). The most common cause of fish kills in Texas is low dissolved oxygen in the water. If there isn’t enough oxygen in the water, fish can’t “breathe”. While it can be the result of human activities, it is typically a natural occurrence.
The region’s TPWD Kills and Spills Team (KAST) has been in the area surveying and researching the fish kill. Many factors may have contributed to the fish kill, including but not limited to the lack of rain or a possible algae bloom.
This is not the first time Seabrook has experienced a fish kill. During the 2011 drought Seabrook Public Works reported a similar instance on Second Street.
While the smell and sight of dead fish may be a nuisance, it is only temporary. In most instances, Mother Nature will properly dispose of the dead fish. Birds and other animals will eat the fish and the tide and weather will wash the fish back into the bay.
In the event that the fish are not naturally disposed of, the City of Seabrook may coordinate and partner with area agencies and jurisdictions to clean up the dead fish if such resources are available. Please note the smell from the dead fish may take several days to dissipate even after the remains have been removed.
Due to health concerns, fishing is discouraged in areas where fish carcasses have accumulated.
You may report fish kills to Texas Parks and Wildlife by calling their 24-hour hotline at (281) 842-8100. Quick response is key to helping a successful investigation. If possible please note:
- Location, date and time
- Water color, clarity and any odor
- Number, size and species of affected organisms
- Recent weather
- Condition and behavior of animals or organism
- Are plants or other organisms affected?
For additional information please visit TPWD.