New map shows red tide problems worsening along Florida's coast

Christopher Davidson
August 12, 2018

However, Manatee County has been hit with the algae bloom that is killing thousands of fish and leaving a smelly mess on the beaches. FWC now has over 30 biologists on site responding to red tide reports.

The "Red Tide" now affecting Florida's coast is spreading as it kills marine life from fish and manatees, to turtles and even seabirds.

Now Pinellas county is wondering if it's next in line.

Cleanup rules are being waived for the removal of dead fish from areas in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. However that could change if concentration levels get any higher.

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The bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is growing in Southwest Florida.

Weisberg says this season is significantly bad because of residual red tide from past year and new red tide moving in from off shore.

Buisness that rely on the healthy and beauty of the water worry about the possibility of hard times to come.

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