FOX 13: 66 tons of dead fish pulled from Sarasota beaches amidst red tide bloom

Fox 13: Written by Fox 13 News Staff. August 10, 2018.

SARASOTA (FOX 13) - A persistent red tide bloom continues to send dead fish and marine mammals washing up on the shores of Southwest Florida. Now, one local county says crews there have removed more than 66 tons of dead fish from beaches in just the last few days.

Friday, shifting winds had pushed the stench of red tide back to shore along Manatee and Sarasota counties, where work continued to keep the beaches clear of dead wildlife.

Red tide is an algae bloom that depletes oxygen in the water, killing marine life from fish to manatees to turtles. The organism can also cause respiratory problems and eye irritation in humans.

Scientists with Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota say the blooms are naturally occurring, but they think man-made nutrients like fertilizer and river runoff can make them worse.

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