Red tide algae plague Florida beaches, killing fish and driving away tourists

Jan Cross
August 7, 2018

Instead, they're strewn with the corpses of dead marine creatures, victims of a red tide.

The city is issuing a daily "fish kill clean-up" report because of the "unprecedented volume of dead sea life now washing up". Red tide is a type of marine algae that undergoes an explosive growth and begins producing toxins.

WINK-TV News meteorologist Matt Devitt posted images on his Facebook page of fish, stingrays, manatees, turtles and a whale shark that had died.

Crews on Florida's Sanibel Island shoveled up and bagged dead fish Thursday as southwest Florida deals with one of the longest red tide outbreaks in years.

Mote Marine Laboratory's phytoplankton ecology team, along with the Florida Wildlife Research Institute and Harmful Algal Bloom researchers, conducted a red tide survey along the Florida Gulf coast on Wednesday.

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"Over the past week, reports were received for multiple locations in Sarasota County, in Charlotte County, in and offshore of Lee County, and in Collier County".

"We are seeing more than double the number of animals being impacted at this time of the year, from the red tide", said Trindell. The FWC "documented 287 sea turtle deaths in Gulf of Mexico waters along the southwest Florida coast since the toxic bloom started in October", the Associated Press reported last week.

Blue-green algae blooms have been plaguing the area for months, choking the waterways and bring foul smells and dead wildlife along the Caloosahatchee River.

Scott pushed for the Legislature to spend up to $100 million to help sway the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.

"As the person dealing with all these hundreds of dying animals, I'm upset."

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