Bob, you won't see any
shrimp in the North Bay area because there isn’t any grass to support them.
Parts of South Bay still have grass but there not healthy either. That is where
what’s left of our shrimp population lives. It won' be long till that grass is
gone. Hopefully the turtle grass flats on the Oceanside between Key Biscayne and
Ocean Reef and the flats between the Finger Channels stay healthy enough to
sustain the shrimp, baby lobster, pinfish and pilchard’s schools. They could since they get a good dose of
somewhat clean ocean water twice a day. As far as the Mitigation Project by the
Julia Tuttle Bridge that had nothing to do with the grasses in that area dying.
That had already started way before that project. Next time you have a few
hours to waste on a nice Saturday or Sunday afternoon and there is a decent
east wind blowing, park your car at Mt. Sinai and go into the Hospital. Take
the elevator to one of the top floors and walk to the western side of the
building. There you will find a picture window over looking the bay between the
Julia Tuttle and 79th st flat. Let your eyes find the markers where
the channels edge is that is supposed to keep boaters off the flat and in the channel.
Now look for dark water that would signify grass on a shallow flat. You will
soon see that you must look more than a third of the way towards the west
before you will see that darker color. 10 years ago, the grass reached the
eastern edge of the channel markers. Now, what I hope you will see is all of
the muddy and silty water stirred up in Malloy Channel from boats too big to be
navigating that area. Their props pull the muddy water up to surface and then
the wind and wave action pushes that mud and silt up onto the flat. That is a
major reason of loss of sea grasses. They are being smothered, now add that to
poor water quality, higher water temperatures, and a ton of boats and jet skis
tearing up what’s left of the flats and you see why we are where we are. Lots
of possible reasons but no quick fixes. Bob be happy that we are not starting
our guiding business as young Captains because 10 years from now we will all be saying remember when????
Capt. Alan Sherman
Get Em Sportfishing Charters
'The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.' ~ George Orwell