The research team examined 93 different bonefish in Biscayne Bay and the Keys over the past three years, and it appears to have come from sewage.
According msnwhen we take pharmaceutical drugs, the excess that does not transform in our body stays in the toilet.
Frequently detected medications were antihypertensives, antidepressants, prostate medications, antibiotics, and analgesics.
Some of the least found medications were heart medications, antihistamines, antifungals, and stomach medications and opioids.
In most of the 93 bonefish, seven different types of drugs were detected on average, but one specific species had up to 17. A total of 58 pharmaceuticals were found in marine life.
Drugs have not only been found in bonefish, but also in their prey, such as crabs, shrimps and other fish, so it starts to affect the food chain.
“These findings are truly alarming. Pharmaceuticals are an invisible threat, unlike algae blooms or murky waters. Yet these results tell us that they pose a formidable threat to our fisheries and underscore the urgent need to address our long-standing wastewater treatment infrastructure issues,” said lead researcher Jennifer Rehage.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has invested $2 billion in improving water quality in the state.
For Floridians, it can affect jobs and specifically becomes a “significant threat” to flats fishing, a saltwater fishery that brings in more than $9 billion and employs 88,500 people.
It is reported that further studies are underway to further see what can be done to improve water quality.
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