Fish kills are rarely pleasant. Even the phrase is unpleasant, and even misleading.
In Florida environmental events like fish kills are quite common. Causes are almost always natural, and even if a kill is predicted it can rarely be prevented.
If the event was due to rapid changes in dissolved oxygen or temperature levels a pond manager’s hands are tied as much as anyone’s. At AMS we do our best to understand these events. For example, if a variety of species (bass, bluegill, carp, et al.) has been affected, this eliminates species-related disease. Low dissolved oxygen levels and unexpected temperature fluctuations are almost always the culprits.
A broader perspective reveals numerous fish kills at a number of different properties since our regional drought broke quite noticeably around the beginning of June. As unfortunate as these occurrences are, they do not discriminate between waterways.
We suggest contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish Kill Hotline at (800) 636-0511 to report events like this.