Jubilee leaves Fish Washed up on Coast Shore

If you were out on the beaches in Harrison and Hancock Counties this morning, you probably noticed the large amount of fish washed up on the Coast line.
But no need to be alarmed, this is a normal occurrence called a jubilee.
Director of Marine Fishes and the Department of Marine Resources Joe Jewell said, “The low oxygen in the water combined with high temperatures and low mixing, and by that I mean, either there’s been a low tidal flow and low wind conditions and the combination of these three events will lead to fish jubilees.”
Hunter from the Kiln is an avid fisherman and he often brings his wife and daughter to help catch supper. Today, he did not have to work for his dinner. “I come here, and I said ‘what are all these shrimp doing and the people in the Tackle Box told me that, that it’s a red tide or jubilee or something. And I said I found it odd, I said that’s why I can’t catch no fish this morning. There’s not enough oxygen in the water,” said Hunter Haas.
Even though Hunter and his family were thrilled about the buckets of shrimp they caught, Sand and Beach Director Chuck Loftis stresses to think twice about what you are going to catch and eat: “You know, you got to be careful because some of those fish are dead, some of those shrimp are dead. They’ve been dead for a while. I’m not sure if it’s good to consume or not. I’m sure if it’s alive, it’s okay but if that material is dead, I don’t know if I would have that.”
The jubilee or red tide stretches all the way from Courthouse Road in Gulfport to West Pass Christian. News 25 was told the Sand Beach workers will probably start the clean up tomorrow morning.
“We’ll have dump trucks standing by, we’ll load the material off and then haul it to the local landfill and they’ll dig a hole and bury the material,” said Loftis.

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