While the Miami City Council will vote on May 9th whether to renew or revoke Ultra Music Festival’s license to hold their event on Virginia Key for a second year, the location has already made their voices clear by citing a very strange study.

In a meeting on Tuesday, the Virginia Key Advisory Board voted against Ultra, recommending that the city of Miami revoke its license agreement. This decision was influenced in large part by a report from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, which outlined the stress the festival was causing on wildlife in the area. “Ultra was causing short-term, acute stress on our fish,” said Danielle McDonald, an associate professor of marine biology at the university. “We are using it as a canary in the coal mine.” Read another excerpt from the findings here:

Sound recordings in air at the UMEH property rarely exceeded 80 dB during the event. However, despite  being well within the permitted limits, the noise pollution caused by the Ultra Music Festival led to significant elevations of noise in tanks at the UMEH (average increase of 10 dB) and toadfish housed in these tanks experienced a clear, and statistically significant, stress response.

The most interesting part came when the study expressed that testing of hormones showed stress levels were greater during the festival than if the fish were being chased by a predator. Stay tuned for May 9th when the Miami City Council votes.

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