Clean Up Expected Today After Heat Causes Fish Kill in Gulf
Thousands of dead fish washed up on the beaches of Galveston overnight Sunday. Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife say clean up is expected to begin early today, but beach patrons have already started clearing the fish, piling them up in areas where fish have been found.
Officials said the fast rising heat has robbed the water of oxygen, killing the fish. They say the normal tide caused them to wash up on shore. Officials said shad fish are fragile and highly susceptible to the elements and couldn't survive the low oxygen levels.
Biologists with the Parks and Wildlife Department also started testing ph, saline and oxygen levels in water samples taken along the coast to make sure.
To report dead fish, call Texas Parks and Wildlife at 281-842-8100.