Over 1,000 fish washed up on one shore? I’ve seen a lot of things, but this is one for the books.
housands of dead fish washed ashore at local Bryan Beach. The dead fish stretched from the mouth of the Brazos River to several hundred yards to the east. The city’s assistant manager made the discovery during a routine check Wednesday afternoon.
People in the region await reports from the state determining the cause of the fish die-off, but it is suspected that the red tide is a cause. The red tide is a natural phenomenon that produces a high level of algae that can lower oxygen levels and add toxins to the water.
Needless to say, there won’t be any fishing in the area for a while, irritating anglers all around. They say it could take months to rebuild a suitable level of fish, but the city of Freeport will only shut down the beach in a state of emergency, and the kill has not reached that level.
Inspectors with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division are expected to travel to Freeport on Thursday to try to determine the cause. Red tide has been confirmed along the Texas coast in several locations over the past week from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi.