FWC waives rules to help red tide cleanup effort

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Water samples are collected and studied weekly by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the latest samples show high concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, present from Anna Maria Island southward. "When you get that, it's detrimental to everything on the beaches", he said.

The algae that causes red tides occurs naturally in salt water, but human activity on land can make the situation much worse. Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, called on the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), hoping to get help with the algae and red tide crisis that is the worst in Florida since 2005-2006.

Nine dolphins have found dead since Tuesday in the Venice and Casey Key area near Sarasota, WWSB reported. And when the Red Tide moves close to shore, it can be prolonged by nitrate pollution that flows into the waterways from overfertilized yards and leaky septic and sewage systems. We will continue to closely monitor this ongoing Red Tide event and its continued impacts here in SWFL, so stick with ABC7 for updates. "It's just a real nasty smell".

During the 2017-2018 red tide in particular, many community members have reported fish kills, including large spawning individuals of a treasured sport fish species, the common snook. Lee was one of the seven counties who was made eligible for $3 million in grants that had been set aside for the project after a state of emergency was declared by the governor.

Why this year's red tide is so intense is up for debate.

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It was too depressing - her family's pressure-washing business has dried up because no one wants to use their boat or patio. You can't do that.

Red tide is an algae bloom that depletes oxygen in the water. The group of sea and freshwater plants produce toxins that can hurt - and sometimes kill - marine life, birds and people.

In some cases, this algae can be harmful to people, causing respiratory issues, eye irritation or asthma. They are the major source of energy in the ocean food web.

With small amounts of red tide found in Pinellas County, any dolphins or mammals found in this area would likely be tended to by stranding crews from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Since this particular bloom began last November, the institute has processed more than 7,600 water samples.

Skip One Seafood has been serving up fish for years. People are asked not to place red tide waste in garbage cans not designated for red tide waste because they won't be emptied as quickly. "The storm last night drove them all out and the high tide brought them all back in", Dunnan said Monday morning.


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