Isaias Increases Fish Population in Inagua
Locals in Inagua were surprised and happy as schools of fish appeared in the waters of Inagua after Isaias blew across the island.
A video circulated social media showing residents gathered near the water as an abundance of fish swim by.
One woman exclaims, “Looks like this tropical storm has brought some good things to Inagua. The fish are jumping.”
Forecasters on Friday, from the Department of Meteorology, issued a tropical storm warning for the island including Acklins, Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana, Samana Cay.
Isaias did not leave any major damage behind, but pounded the island with heavy winds and rainfall.
After its passage, locals are seen throwing their nets into the water, catching fish and hauling the nets back to land.
One resident, Rico identified the species of fish as bone and shad. Rico said he will use the catch to share among the islands for those people who may be without, as the country remains in lockdown because of COVID-19.
Study shows that tropical storms influence movements of fish as they upset marine ecosystems and trigger sea levels. Tropical storms can also alter the habitat use, spawning behaviour and emigrations in the direction of deeper water.