State biologists said Tuesday they have detected low levels of Red Tide off the Gulf Pier at Fort DeSoto. But the bloom is so weak right now that it is having little impact and Tropical Storm Ernesto could break it up.
“The level was not high enough to be causing fish kills or to cause any discoloration in the water,’’ said Jay Abbott, a researcher with the state Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg said. “If someone who’s asthmatic goes to the beach, they might notice it.”
Tests along the Pinellas beaches north of Fort DeSoto turned up no Red Tide, and a check at the Skyway’s northern fishing pier found only background levels, Abott said.
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