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Red Tide Kills Florida Fish in Gulf

Red tide kills Florida fish on a large scale, according to the FWC.

The northeast Gulf of Mexico saw a major fill kill off due to red tide, says the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is taking out lots of game fish. From the FWC:

Citizens have reported observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom-dwelling reef fish, including  grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish and snapper, as well as sea turtles and crabs, to the FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline. Water quality is poor in the region with several reports of black water.

Satellite images are putting the size of the red tide blooms as 80 miles long and 50 miles wide.

Find out more about red tide on the FWC’s website.

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Red Tide Kills Florida Fish in Gulf