Concerned that low-oxygen dead zones in the Pacific off the West Coast are getting more common as the climate changes, scientists are looking at how commercially valuable fish are reacting.
Federal officials have released water reserves to combat the growing threat from a drought-fed parasite that a fisheries spokesman called the “Ebola” of salmon and which could result in a “die-off” to the state’s fragile salmon population.
At least 30 tons of fish have been scooped out of the water since Wednesday night’s die-off.
In recent months, starfish, also known as sea stars, have been dying by the millions up and down the Pacific Coast. Over 20 species have been affected according to Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, a veterinarian with the San Francisco SPCA.
Hundreds of dead carp have littered the shores of Lake Mendocino, closing it off to swimming for the time being.
The death of tens of thousands of abalone along the Bay Area’s coastline is being blamed on a microscopic sea creature.
State biologists say they think they know what may have killed over 100 leopard sharks in the Bay Area in recent weeks – heavy rain diluting the bay’s salinity.
State wildlife officials were investigating why dozens of dead sharks have been washing up on the western shore of San Francisco Bay.
Researchers said Friday they are baffled why a dozen leopard sharks died in tide pools and sloughs off Redwood City over the last several days.
More than 100 birds found dead just off Highway 101 in Sonoma County were likely hit by a truck, California wildlife officials said Tuesday.