Pinellas COunty’s latest water sample testing has shown low to moderate concentrations of red tide along the shoreline from John’s Pass to Clearwater Pass. They’ve also observed another large bloom about one mile west of Clearwater Beach, extending to Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island state parks.
Crews in Madeira Beach were hard at work this week removing scores of dead fish that washed up onto the sands. Starting Thursday, boats also launched from War Veterans Memorial Park in St. Pete to try to tackle the fish kill problem before it can wash ashore.
“We’re covering all of Pinellas County, all 35 miles of beachline, all of the intercoastal waterways, anything where the red tide fish kill might have an effect, we’re cleaning them,” said Jay Gunter, whose company, DRC Emergency Services has been contracted by Pinellas County for clean-up.
In Southwest Florida over the past week, fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee counties. For more details, please visit: https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.
Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Southwest Florida in Pinellas County. For current information, please visit: https://visitbeaches.org.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict northern transport of surface waters and minimal net transport of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days.
Latest Red Tide Status Report Available by Phone
Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-502-4952. Standard calling charges apply.
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