NEWS PRESS: Red tide causing dead zone conditions in Gulf of Mexico

News Press: Written by Chad Gillis. September 5, 2018.

A combination of rotting fish and algae blanketing the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is creating a dead zone off Southwest Florida, two scientists say.

"Nothing is what we saw," said Florida Gulf Coast University researcher and professor Bob Wasno, who dived in the Gulf recently. "We went out to Edison reef, and everything was dead. For the hour-dive we did, we saw three snapper and three porkfish, and quite frankly they looked pretty lost."

Wasno said everything from sand dollars to sea urchins and coral are dead offshore.

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