Red tide is haunting Southwest Florida. For several weeks, SWFL has been affected by red tide. It seems like it’s popping up on beaches all over our area, but where exactly is it?
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, traces of red tide have been found in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier County. So it looks like it’s moving up the shore.
Over the weekend in Manatee County Dozens of dead fish were reported, according to the Bradenton Herald. The Herald also reported that people were having coughing fits all the way up to Bradenton Beach.
If you come across any dead fish, you can report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by calling 1-800-636-0511. Leave a brief message with the location, type and number of fish involved. If FWC staff needs to get in touch with you for more information make sure to include a mailing address and a phone number or e-mail address.
As dead wildlife is washing ashore, peoples’ health is being affected and businesses are being impacted in SWFL. When is red tide going to end? Unfortunately, there’s no telling when we will be red tide free.
To see the FWC current red tide status report click here.
Reporting by Tianna Jenkins