|One of many dead manatees found |
during the record 2010 cold event.
|Manatee "foot print"|
* Due to limited resources wildlife officials may not be able to respond to your call immediately. If it is possible, keep an eye on the animal in question and document its condition as well as its location. The more specific information you can provide officials, the more prepared they will be in their rescue attempt.
|A dead mullet washed up on shore|
Fish affected by the cold may appear lethargic and may be seen at the surface where the water may be warmer from the sun. It is important to remember all recreational fishing regulations still apply to fish affected by cold temperatures. Even if you come across a dead or dying fish that is legal to keep, it is never recommended to eat any fish that appears sick or is already dead due to elevated bacterial levels and associated heath concerns.
Reporting fish kills that occur in natural water bodies is an important step in helping to protect Florida’s fisheries. These reports help state scientists keep track of the location and extent of fish kills in natural lakes and estuaries, and to see if there are problems developing in an ecosystem that might require investigation or restorative measures. To report fish kills that occur in natural water bodies call the FWC Fish Kill Hotline:1-800-636-0511 or visit http://research.MyFWC.com/fishkill/submit.asp