Scientists tested the blood of 93 fish in South Florida and found drugs in all of them. The average number of drugs in each fish? Seven.
My first fish was a £20.20 catfish. Peter bono has fished for as long as he can remember. You know, we ate. That was delicious. He lives in Wellington, but drives up the coast every time he gets to the Blue Heron Bridge, he’s found fishing buddies and everything he rules in hell. Cook tonight for dinner. Peter doesn’t know how long this lifestyle will last. He knows that our state faces many environmental issues. They affect the ecosystem and the behavior of our fish. And one of the problems starts in the doctor’s office, goes to the pharmacy, and ends up in the ocean. eight of them were antidepressants and a few were up to about 300 times the level a doctor would prescribe. You nickname. Castillo has just completed a three-year study with fellow scientists at Florida International University and with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. The research team tested the blood of 93 bony fish in South Florida. They found pharmaceutical drugs in each of them. The average number of drugs reported in a single fish is seven and some had up to 16 different prescriptions in their systems. We should note here in Florida. Bony fish are meant to be caught and released. We don’t eat them. But what bony fish eat, other fish eat too. And the breakfast most likely contained something it shouldn’t have contained, such as antidepressants which can have profound effects on an exposed organism. Drugs used to alter mood and behavior in humans while also causing changes in fish. So what’s the deal when a fish changes its behavior? Well, when what they do is not in line with their natural instincts, the results can be life threatening. So it could make a fish bolder. They will take risks. They could be eaten by predators more frequently. This can affect their breeding areas which we perceive as pristine and beautiful. And the water is clear and turquoise and these swimming fish are contaminated. So how do drugs get into our fish? Scientists say the answer is simple through human waste. We empty it. They find it when we take a prescription. Leftover medications that our body does not process come out when we go to the bathroom. From our toilets to wastewater treatment. Plants, Florida has 4000. So we don’t have the right equipment and it’s getting worse, right? It explodes in front of our faces. We visited the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce and spoke with Dr. James Sullivan about the longevity of our fisheries. He says a crisis is just around the corner. How much longer can nature endure before it becomes a critical turning point where we are going to lose very precious ecosystems. Return to the Blue Heron Bridge. Peter is still waiting for a bite, it’s his next drugged fish for not having, you know, medicine inside the fish