Florida Fish and Wildlife Gives Update On Indian River Lagoon’s Status
By Space Coast Daily // April 8, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is providing status updates each weekday to keep people informed on the state’s cooperative efforts in response to a brown tide event in the northern Indian River Lagoon/Banana River.
These updates will help residents stay informed of the conditions in the lagoon, as well as the latest actions by the State of Florida.
Last week, agency leadership from FWC, Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District and Department of Health toured the Banana River near Cocoa Beach down to Patrick Air Force Base. They were joined by Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senator Thad Altman.
In addition, they met with Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith and other partners at the base. They observed the brown tide event and discussed current status with experts and health officials as well as witnessed local, county, SJRWMD, FWC and DEP crews assisting with cleanup led by Brevard County related to fish mortality.
Current Status and Most Recent Information
• There are no new reports of fish mortality via the fish kill hotline (1-800-636-0511) as of April 7.
• Seven additional samples were collected April 7 from Indian River North and Mosquito Lagoon (87 total samples).
• Brown tide was confirmed in three samples that were collected on April 4 from the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana Creek and the Indian River.
• This week SJRWMD staff, along with Volusia County and DOH-Indian River County staff, conducted routine water quality and phytoplankton sampling in Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon tributaries.