BRADENTON HERALD: ‘They’re all dead.’ That may be why red tide has quit dumping fish on local beaches, official says

Bradenton Herald: Written by Ryan Callihan. November 15, 2018.

Dead fish are no longer lining Manatee shores because of red tide. According to one county official, the answer is simple.

“I often wonder that even though we’re still seeing high levels of red tide along our shorelines, we’re not seeing the number of dead fish that we used to, and I’m afraid it’s because the fish aren’t there,” said Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County’s director of parks and natural resources, during Thursday’s meeting of the Tiger Bay Club. “Some of our offshore reefs at the moment look like deserts. They used to be resplendent with plants and sea fans waving in the reef. That’s all gone. They’re all dead.”

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