“Marshmallow fish” appeared in New Zealand: fishermen and environmentalists are sounding the alarm (photo)
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LegaSea estimates that this summer has been the worst for recreational anglers. Signs of an unknown disease in fish were first noticed in August, and since then there have been many confirmations.
Off the northeast coast of New Zealand, unusual fish began to be noticed more and more often, whose meat looks like a mushy milky flesh. The reason for this phenomenon is unknown, and local fishermen are afraid to eat such fish. This is reported by Newsweek.
Signs of an unknown disease in fish were first noticed in August, since then there have been many confirmations.
“This summer is the worst for recreational anglers that our experts have seen fish quality,” said Trish Rea, a fisherman and analyst at LegaSea, a non-profit marine restoration organization.
According to him, in the catches of some fishing boats, there are more such fish with “milk” flesh than without it.
She was spotted in the Hauraki Bay Marine Park, which covers 1.2 million hectares off the coast of the North Island Zeeland.
You can distinguish such a fish from an ordinary one only by cutting it.
“This phenomenon is most common among bass because it is the most popular fish brought home by fishermen on the northeast coast. But there are reports of this disease in other species, including kingfish and tarakiha.”
Representatives of LegaSea are receiving inquiries as to whether these fish are safe to eat. So far, the test results do not indicate any disease or infection.
“The government believes that such fish is safe for humans. We have not heard of cases of poisoning by “milk” fish, but it is still undesirable to eat it”, he explained.
It has been speculated that the “dairy” fish are males after a spawning period.
LegaSea is of the opinion that the problem seems to be related to fishing boats destroying the marine environment, as a common feature of the fish is marshmallows are food free.
“One has to wonder if the fish are starving and why. Where did their food go?” Ree explained.
Fishing trawlers catch tons of fish that support other fish and birds.
An imbalance is introduced into the ecosystem. Trawling deposits on the bottom and kills the organisms that feed bass.
The Auckland Council 2020 report noted that in Hauraki Bay, commercial fishing boats catch almost 10,500 tons of mackerel, while before it was a little over 3,000 tons. Mackerel is one of the main fish that sea bass feed on.
“We urgently need to find out what turns our bass into marshmallows and find a way to protect them and other species in our marine park,” Rea said.