Toll from worst S.W. Florida red tide in decade grows

Toll from worst S.W. Florida red tide in decade grows

Toll from worst S.W. Florida red tide in decade grows

These samples are analyzed for detection and enumeration of Karenia brevis-the species responsible for Florida red tide-along with water quality parameters, phytoplankton community composition, and red tide toxins, officials said. However, the red tide levels make much of the Gulf coast unsafe for swimming at the time.

More than a dozen people have gone to the emergency room after exposure to the blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria.

"Pictures are recent and within July, most from Lee County", he wrote.

Harvesting of shellfish like clams, oysters or mussels in a Red Tide area is banned.

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"We've also had issues for Collier, Charlotte, and Sarasota counties too".

The news agency said about 160.9 kilometres of coastline had been affected so far.

Scott directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to "mobilize all available resources" to address impacts in Southwest Florida.

The state wildlife agency says red tide, a type of algae, has been a naturally occuring phenomenon along Florida's Gulf Coast since at least the 1840s and that blooms occur almost every year in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working to release some of the toxic water from the lake.

The aggressive overgrowth, which occurs each year but intensifies with high temperatures, pollution and stagnant water, has become unusually strong since emerging in November and has stretched into the longest outbreak since 2006, according to state wildlife officials.

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

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