Emergency order issued to help fight red tide outbreak

Blue green algae toxic bloom

Yes, but dont let Fido play with any dead fish or foam on the beach, and give him a thorough rinse with freshwater when hes done — before he gets in your vehicle, not after.

Most seafood restaurants arent serving fish and crustaceans that were caught locally, so youll be fine. She's a hairdresser and makeup artist who styled herself as a dead mermaid and posted photos on social media to raise awareness of the problem. "If you go down to the beach, you're breathing that in". For me to not be able to go, it's painful.

"I think we are all to blame, to be honest". The reasons behind the worsening algae blooms has been staring people in the face for years. A red tide, or harmful algal bloom, is a colony of microscopic algae growing out of control, often turning the water red. The latest area to be affected is Anna Maria Island.

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Dumpsters for dead fish will be placed at 30th, 33rd, 36th, 46th, 67th and 71st street beach accesses.

However, for now, Pinellas County beaches are clear of red tide and open for business.

"The devastation we are experiencing in Southwest Florida is severely impacting our health, economy and ecology", said Rooney in a statement on Monday.

Sherman Baldwin runs Paradise Boat Tours in Bradenton Beach and lives in Siesta Key. "When you get that, it's detrimental to everything on the beaches", he said.

He held a handkerchief over his mouth and nose while talking to a reporter.

FWC has been monitoring the red tide bloom since November of 2017, and said it has processed well over 7,000 water samples.

"Well, they love nitrogen and phosphorus", which are used in fertilizers, said Dr. Mike Parsons, red tide expert at Florida Gulf Coast University.

No. Red Tide is a saltwater species, while blue-green algae is found only in freshwater. The initial focus has been on Cape Coral, where large piles of the blue green algae masses are building up in the canal system.

"Many people will tell you that this is the worst they have ever seen", Jacylin Bevis, a reporter with Fort Myers television station WBBH-TV, told NBC News.

Red tides are measured in several ways: how long they last, the water's algae concentration and effects on wildlife are just a few, Kerr said. Politicians and citizens are getting very concerned over the number of marine animal deaths.

Why this year's red tide is so intense is up for debate. Red tides have been documented along Florida's gulf coast since the 1840's. "If we had a west wind it would be all over the beaches", he said.

"Last night it was pretty bad, but then we had a storm come in and take a good portion of it. It's bad, '" said Anthony Cucci, the manager of the Mar Vista restaurant on Longboat Key. It's been most recently reported as far north as Pinellas County.

"It really stinks", said one charter boat captain. When the hurricane hit the area in September, its heavy winds took nutrients and dropped them in coastal waters.

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