Tuesday 2 March 2021

“It’s something we’ve never really seen before,” Pat Rose, director of the Save the Manatee Club on the sudden rise of Manatee deaths claiming-The past five-year average shows 100 documented deaths each year... really? Almost a 1,000 Manatees died in 2017/18 due to red tide

A dead manatee floated up in Anna Maria Sound on Aug. 26 2018 to the dock at the Sunrise Lane home of Holmes Beach Commissioner Judy Titsworth.

I stumbled on a news report this morning which beggars belief and shows, once again the "fake news and lies" we are being fed by Government Agencies today and the absolute incompetence of mainstream media's ability to properly research and check-out information given out by State-sponsored agencies. In the USA Today report, the article I read made my jaw drop by its inaccuracy.

According to the USA Today, quoting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission;

 It’s turning out to be "another" deadly year for Florida manatees. More sea cow deaths have been documented through the first two months of the year than were recorded during those same two months in 2019 and 2020 combined, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records. Three hundred and seventeen manatee deaths occurred through Feb. 12, 2021. Former FWC commissioner Ron Bergeron said he thought the number was closer to 350 sea cows.  Manatee advocates confirmed the die-off, saying it’s another example of poor water quality.  

“It’s something we’ve never really seen before,” said Pat Rose, director of the Save the Manatee Club. “It looks like we have a substantial number of manatees that are starving.” "The past five-year average shows 100 documented deaths each year, with about eight perinatal deaths."

A 100 documented deaths a year, really? On Tuesday, 22 January 2019, TBW reported; 
It has been one of The Big Wobble's biggest and most tragic stories of the last one and a half years. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission attributed 213 manatee deaths to this episode of red tide, which began in late 2017, leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an unusual mortality event. Combined manatee deaths from red tide, human actions, cold stress and other causes was 824, according to a preliminary FWC report. According to the Herald Tribune, a previous die-off killed 803 manatees in 2013 during another red tide bloom. 
Preliminary data from FWC showed that the 824 manatee deaths in 2018 from both red tide, sickness and human-related causes surpassed the previous record of 803 set during another red tide outbreak in 2013.
Apart from the manatee, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins deaths, it is thought "billions of fish" and countless birdlife have also died.
Because of the partial U.S. government shutdown, NOAA has not provided updates for dolphins on its UME website.

A month later on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, TBW reported;

Don't believe the phoney hype! Officials in Florida claim red tide killed 267 tons of marine life when the actual total is thousands of tons, (links provided)

"This was Florida's Deep Water Horizon!" An incredible 408 marine life die-off's, almost one every day from July 2016 to November 2018 and is the biggest marine disaster in Florida's history and today the Coastal Conservation Association Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have come up with an official number of deaths during that period, they are claiming the red tide killed 
267 tons of marine life along the Southwest coast of Florida. Full story...Below are examples of thousands of tons of dead marine life in Florida in 2018/17 and I have just scraped the surface, the official figures are lies, the death count is thousands of times higher than Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claim! 

On December the 6th 2018, Fox13 claimed red tide blamed for the massive fish kill at Robinson Preserve Full story here

On the 30th of October, 2018 AJC reported 10 tons of dead fish removed from Brevard County beaches Florida. Full story

On the same day in Pinellas County, tons of dead fish, killed by red tide, continue to wash inshore in Pinellas County. Full story

USA Today reported on the 16th of Oct, 2018 of the red tide fish kill littering Indian River Shores beaches with 60,000 dead fish, police say. Full story

15th of October 2018, CBS Miami reported 14 tons of dead fish removed from Naples Bay Full story

Sept 2018, WJHG reported red tide causes thousands of fish to wash up in Panama City Beach. Full story

Bradenton Herald, 27th of August reported the county had already collected about 241 tons of red tide-related debris left on Manatee County beaches, parks and waterways, cleaning up the majority of fish kills, officials announced during a news conference. Full story

On the 16th of August 2018, WinkNews.com reported 309 tons of dead fish were cleared from Sanibel beaches. Full story here

On the same day, Fox4 reported Over 3 million pounds (1360 tons) of dead fish cleaned up from Lee County waters, Full story here

On the 6th of August Fox13 reported, tons of dead fish cleared from beaches on Anne Marie Island. Full story here

At the end of July, the Miami Herald reported dead fish, birds, manatees, even a whale shark. As the toll from the worst red tide in a decade grows. Report here 

in April 2018, Spectrum News 13show a video of thousands of fish coming up dead in the Indian River Lagoon again. Brevard County officials think the warmer weather and algae blooms are to blame Full story

Nov 2017, Fox News, reports, red tide causing thousands of dead fish to wash up on Sanibel Full story

Sept 2017, CBS reports,  South Florida Water Management District crew arrived early Wednesday to start cleaning up thousands of dead fish, full story

Aug 2017, News Channel 8 reported, thousands of dead fish causing foul smell near Safety Harbor, Clearwater. Full story 

This is only part of the story, there have been many many more fish die off's around the shores of Florida which I have not added because they are smaller and I would be here forever if I did.

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