Red tide cited after manatees, thousands of fish found dead in Florida

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The Florida red tide organism, known as Karenia Brevis, produces brevetoxins that can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates, causing these animals to die.

"FWC and DEP will enhance cleanup efforts, public awareness initiatives and water testing to ensure that Floridians understand the best ways to minimize the impact of red tide", a press release added.

The bloom is an annual event in the waters around Florida and it usually breaks up with the wind and tide; but according to local reports, the current bloom has lasted for up to nine months and has killed more marine life than usual. Pelicans, manatees and a whale shark have also washed ashore since this unprecedented bloom started.

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Red tide is a naturally-occurring toxic algae that often occurs along florida's gulf coast.

The city is issuing a daily "fish kill clean-up" report because of the "unprecedented volume of dead sea life now washing up".

"Pictures are recent and within July, most from Lee County", he wrote. Respiratory irritation and murky clumps of red drift algae have been reported from Collier to Sarasota counties.

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The news agency said about 160.9 kilometres of coastline had been affected so far. The cause of these bad scenes: A toxic algal bloom known as red tide.

Scott pushed for the Legislature to spend up to $100 million to help sway the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.

She began treating poisoned birds as early as October.

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