Red Tide reaches Tampa Bay

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

Small amounts of Red Tide have been found at Ft Desoto's Gulf PierA Red Tide bloom that has plagued Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties for weeks has finally reached Tampa Bay.

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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2 Comments for 'Red Tide reaches Tampa Bay'

    September 13, 2006 | 12:20 am

    It is definitely in St. Pete area. Headed out on boat Sat. 9/9/06 from Tierra Verde… noticed some respiratory reaction (am asthmatic) so headed north on intercoastal thinking I would be going away from source. We hit a section of dead fish around Pasadena so I went below in A/C and hubby drove back to marina. We will be moving boat to east coast.,,,

    September 24, 2006 | 5:07 pm

    Looks like it has reached the keys area, around Key Largo. It seems to be down to about MM 94. A friend of mine went diving and said it was real bad. He seen very few living creatures left. The sponges are dead and there is dead sea life floating everywhere.

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