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Environmental group reports large number of dead fish throughout the bay

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Point Molte, near the Richmond-San Rafel Bridge (May 20, 2022) is one of the areas where a large number of dead fish recently washed ashore according to the environmental group San Francisco Baykeeper. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)

By Tony Hicks. Bay City News

The environmental group San Francisco Baykeeper reported Sunday that a harmful algal bloom is killing fish in large numbers around the bay.

Baykeeper noted that hundreds of dead fish were visible Sunday at the Oakland Yacht Club in the middle of the bay between the Dumbarton and San Mateo bridges. Fish kills were also visible on several shorelines, including Oyster Point, Baywinds Park in Foster City, Hayward, Alameda Estuary, Lake Merritt, Keller Beach, Point Molate and Sausalito.

The organization detailed that it is seeing sharks, sturgeon and striped bass coming ashore, a phenomenon it describes as "very unusual".  

"In other words, we have evidence of locations in the South, Central and San Pablo bays," the group said in a statement. 

"This appears to be a substantial fish kill, most likely related to the unprecedented red tide algal bloom we have been tracking for the past month," he noted.

"We also have a report of a dead sturgeon at Stinson Beach," Baykeeper specified. "Dead sturgeon coming ashore is really rare. I'm not sure if this fish died outside the gate or was carried in by the tides and currents."

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