Prepare Tampa Bay for another major red tide


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Red tide found on the beach in Sarasota

Warning signs were posted along the beaches of Sarasota from North Jetty to the Longboat Key after monitors found elevated levels of toxic algae known as red tides. According to the Florida Ministry of Health in Sarasota, there are “reports of respiratory irritation” from beach goers. Fish According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, killings have been reported in the area. Over the past week, Karenia brevis, a naturally occurring toxic alga known as red tide, has been detected in 54 samples in southwestern Florida per FWC. Authorities studied water in the southern part of Tampa Bay for 215 million gallons of contaminated water discharged into the bay from an old piny point phosphate plant holding a pond a few weeks ago. I am. Stay up to date with the latest market trends and economic insights at Axios Markets. Subscribe for free Yes, but: Experts do not believe that the current situation was caused by the release of piny points, Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. Rather, it seems that blue-green algae emerged from Charlotte and Lie counties from December, and the wind from the south pushed the blue-green algae northward toward Sarasota county. Next Steps: USF researchers are using computer models to predict the path of wastewater discharged into Tampa. Piny Point Bay investigating how contaminated water affects marine ecosystems When that water encounters red tides, blue-green algae can get worse Flashback: Last large scale The outbreak of red tide lasted from October 2017 to February 2019, killing countless sea creatures — dolphins, sea turtles, and manati. Read File: The Tampa Bay Times reports that during a deep dive on Sunday, the US Army Corps of Engineers had predicted a disaster at Pinney Point as early as 2008. : Sign up to get the latest market trends on Axios Markets.Subscribe for free