Fish Dying In Area HOA Lakes As Cold Weather Sets In

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Vultures Circle Area Communities In Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Preying On Dead Fish. Expert Speaks With Andrew Colton On WIOD.

Fish are dying in man-made lakes in communities across South Palm Beach County. (Licensed/StoryBlocks).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Communities across South Florida are dealing with dead fish in man-made lakes, and the cold weather is to blame.

Andy Fuhrman is Vice President of Allstate Resource Management in Pembroke Pines. His company works with HOA’s across South Palm Beach County — including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach. He told me during South Florida’s First News on WIOD Friday morning that the problem is non-native fish unable to deal with cold temperatures.

“They’re not native to South Florida,” said Fuhrman. “So when the temperature drops, you have two things that happen, you’d have a lake turnover, where the heavier water drops to the bottom and brings the water from the bottom up to the top, which is anaerobic, meaning very low oxygen, so the fish struggle. The other thing that happens is, for instance, in plantation, we’ve noticed that almost all the fish that perished were peacock bass, and peacock bass are not native to this area, they’re brought in in the 80s by (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission). FWC. And anytime you’d have a temperature drop for two to three days, which happened Christmas weekend, we knew this was going to happen.”

Fuhrman said the cold weather this weekend will likely lead to more dead fish across the area. The dead fish bring vultures which can now be seen circling lakes in the area as they — literally — dive for dinner. Listen to the interview right here.


Paul Saperstein


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