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St. Johns Seafood safe to eat?
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post Aug 12 2010, 06:08 PM
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Had heard earlier people were being encouraged not to eat seafood from the Buckman area where there was the fish kill and foam. Has anyone heard any updates on this? I'm hesitant to eat from the river until someone gives the "all clear".
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post Aug 12 2010, 06:16 PM
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I haven't heard anything, but I have eaten fish since the warning and shrimp and I'm still alive. Not saying much but still. I fish Mill Cove


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post Aug 12 2010, 06:40 PM
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I've eaten redbass, blackbass, bluegill, catfish and shrimp, all of which were caught out of the river or creeks, and I, nor anyone in my family has gotten ill or sick.


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post Aug 12 2010, 08:24 PM
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People have been advised not to eat seafood from the St Johns River. There are toxins in them that might not make you sick right away but could kill you later. There are presently numerous studies going on that hopefully will isolate exactly what is going on. In the mean time, stay far away!!!!!
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post Aug 12 2010, 08:48 PM
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QUOTE (DonaldScott @ Aug 12 2010, 08:24 PM) *
People have been advised not to eat seafood from the St Johns River. There are toxins in them that might not make you sick right away but could kill you later. There are presently numerous studies going on that hopefully will isolate exactly what is going on. In the mean time, stay far away!!!!!

OH GREAT!!!!!! Son of a....!!!!


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post Aug 12 2010, 09:52 PM
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Dead bottle nose porpoise found near Buckman... Not sounding good....


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post Aug 12 2010, 11:00 PM
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This all makes me sick......We have a serious problem.....
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post Aug 12 2010, 11:17 PM
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I haven't eaten anything out of the St. Johns river in 8 years. There are way to many scary stories.


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post Aug 13 2010, 12:06 AM
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QUOTE (hookedup1209 @ Aug 12 2010, 11:17 PM) *
I haven't eaten anything out of the St. Johns river in 8 years. There are way to many scary stories.

Same here HookedUp. If it's not from the ICW , salt rivers or the ocean....I don't eat it! cool.gif


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post Aug 13 2010, 09:59 AM
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QUOTE (Natural_Dad @ Aug 13 2010, 12:06 AM) *
Same here HookedUp. If it's not from the ICW , salt rivers or the ocean....I don't eat it! cool.gif
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post Aug 13 2010, 12:05 PM
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My professor for the Environmental Science class that I just completed knows a marine biologist who told him that they were finding toxic lesions on the brains and internal organs of the dead fish from the recent fish kills up and down the river. The lesions aren't normally found in fish kills where algae blooms deplete the oxygen in the water. They suspect toxins in the river are getting worse. You would think that if there is a problem like that there would be more specific warnings about eating fish and watersports. I guess the economic impact would be too great so that's why they don't make the call to alert people more.


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post Aug 13 2010, 12:21 PM
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The alerts have been out but the County Commissioners hate this kind of publicity! It's like the Shark Attacks here in Florida that they cover up the best they can. Three last week alone in the St Auggie area....how many did you here about. It affects tourism so they either don't publicize it or put it in a tiny little article on page 28B some where where it won't be noticed. ALL tourist areas do that to keep from it affecting their local economy.

We were in North Carolina for two weeks one spring when two different people, a women and a little girl were killed by Black Bears in two separate incidences. It was a small town where we were fly fishing for Rainbows and it NEVER even hit anything except the little local rag. Pretty amazing!! rolleyes.gif


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post Aug 13 2010, 02:35 PM
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filet and release right off the dock on Hecksher Drive........add some corn puppys
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post Aug 13 2010, 02:55 PM
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Dang, and I was thinking of going to St Johns Seafood tonight!!! grrr.gif


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post Aug 13 2010, 04:01 PM
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QUOTE (tinman1 @ Aug 13 2010, 02:55 PM) *
Dang, and I was thinking of going to St Johns Seafood tonight!!! grrr.gif
You will be fine at a place like that . Most of their menue consist of offshore stuff . And what doesnt come from local waters comes from out of the country . Go enjoy some seafood bro .
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post Aug 13 2010, 05:13 PM
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Just don't eat the catfish if it is imported from Veitnam!


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post Aug 13 2010, 09:06 PM
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QUOTE (HUNTERSTONE @ Aug 13 2010, 05:13 PM) *
Just don't eat the catfish if it is imported from Veitnam!

That is for sure!!! sick01.gif


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post Aug 13 2010, 09:38 PM
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Whats up when the water glows in the dark when splashed? Went out to Guanna 6 mile landing yesterday and after dark the water glowed when splashed. Phosphorus? oh yeah, by the way, the bite is ON out there with some REALLY nice fish. what a beautiful place, only one other boat was there and only 3 or 4 boats signed in on the sheet in the last few weeks.There were several Paddlers/(kayaks?) signed in though. It's definatley a sleeper right now, i just wish I had more time this week to get back out there. The water is getting back up and real salty but they need to dredge out that boat ramp channel/flat.

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post Aug 13 2010, 10:17 PM
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QUOTE (john from jax @ Aug 13 2010, 09:38 PM) *
Whats up when the water glows in the dark when splashed?


Bioluminescence in sea water is caused by marine plankton called Dinoflagellates. They are really present down south where the sea water is super clean. I use to love to watch them light up the water when we fished or gigged at night down there. A single mullet taking off fast agitates the Dinoflagellates and makes them light up and looks like a lighted rocket under water, really cool! They are more prevalent in the summer than the winter John!! cool.gif


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post Aug 15 2010, 07:53 AM
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QUOTE (Natural_Dad @ Aug 13 2010, 11:17 PM) *
Bioluminescence in sea water is caused by marine plankton called Dinoflagellates. They are really present down south where the sea water is super clean. I use to love to watch them light up the water when we fished or gigged at night down there. A single mullet taking off fast agitates the Dinoflagellates and makes them light up and looks like a lighted rocket under water, really cool! They are more prevalent in the summer than the winter John!! cool.gif

That must of been it. It was cool to see, I could rip my line upwards out of the water and it would make a glow trail/line with a glow splash beside it. I tried splashing over the side of the boat with my fingers which looked cool but I stopped when I saw an 8' gator approaching . Was a beautiful night with the moon rising behind the eagles nest in the tall pine and the sound of the ocean waves breaking at the beach over the dunes.


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