Concern raised over fish found off of Franklin County coast

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking into concerns from a local fisherman regarding fish found with lesions off of the coast of Franklin County.

WCTV obtained photos that showed the fish with large lesions on their bodies.

Fisherman Brandon Graham, who took the photos, contacted FWC after finding multiple fish with the same sores during a fishing trip this past weekend. Graham said he first noticed something unusual about the fish about a month ago.

"There were significantly less fish in the area," Graham says. "The mullet for example, which are usually very acrobatic, jumping all over the place, were swimming very slow. To the point where you could almost slap one with your hand."

Graham says the situation appeared to be worse this weekend. He took his boat out in the waters between Eastpoint and Carrabelle and says he noticed significantly less fish in the area.

We have reached out to FWC about the photos and the concern. An FWC spokesperson says their fisheries biologist is currently working to contact the angler about obtaining a sample for further analysis.