DLNR, USGS investigating Kauai marine life die-off

Courtesy: Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Courtesy: Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources says between 500 and 800 dead and dying lanternfish (Myctophid) and squid were found near Nawiliwili on Monday.

The lanternfish and squid are known to inhabit deeper ocean depths. They are also known for their nightly vertical migrations to shallower depths.

The DLNR is collecting samples and assessing these reports in collaboration with U.S. Geological Survey biologists to collect samples that will help to identify potential causes.

You can help:

  • Take a moment to look for dead or dying marine life in large numbers on nearby beaches.
  • Make a report using the EOR Network “Fish Disease and Miscellaneous” online report form. Reports of both beaches with and without dead or dying marine life are needed. Reports of no mortality are just as valuable.
  • Do not collect samples or specimens at this time. If specimens are present on Kauai, please call (808) 645-0532 or (808) 482-4297.
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