SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico is to blame for dead fish littering beaches and causing a foul stench at a popular beach along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2cQco2T ) that beaches in Sarasota County are the only ones currently being affected by the harmful algae.
At Siesta Key, state scientists found high numbers of dead fish in the water and on the beach, as well as offshore of Lido Key.
Scientists found medium concentrations of the algae, called “Karenia brevis,” also in Sarasota Bay. Tests of water in Pinellas, Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties found very low concentrations.
Such blooms are common off Florida’s Gulf coast this time of year, and can linger for months, killing fish and discoloring the water.
Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, https://www.heraldtribune.com
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