The following is the latest information concerning Red Tide in our area:
Pinellas County contracted with private companies to remove and dispose of the dead fish on our beaches. The photos to the left were taken on Tuesday, July 20th on Redington Beach.
If you have a large amount of dead fish in the water behind your property, please take pictures and submit to: [email protected]. Please include your address and the date the picture was taken.
Red Tide Update: 600+ tons of fish removed
July 13, 2021
Local governments in Pinellas have now removed around 613 tons of dead fish and marine life from area waterways as very high levels of Red Tide persist within Tampa Bay.
Pinellas County contractors and the City of St. Petersburg collected around 124 tons of fish on Sunday and Monday alone from Tampa Bay, Boca Ciega Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.
A large-scale operation to remove fish before they enter estuaries and canals continues this week.
Red Tide in some parts of Tampa Bay in the past few days tested at ten to 17 times the concentration considered “high,” which can cause significant respiratory issues in people and fish kills.
Concentrations along Pinellas beaches on Monday ranged from low to high, but impacts vary from day to day. Beaches remain open and areas with lower levels of Red Tide are safe to visit, however, higher concentrations can cause health effects, especially for people with underlying respiratory issues.
Locals and visitors can find the latest respiratory forecast and Red Tide conditions at BeachesUpdate.com.
Red Tide Health Advisory
Those visiting beaches or waterfront areas should follow the recent Red Tide Advisory from the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas:
·Do not swim around dead fish.
·If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from affected areas as Red Tide can affect your breathing.
·Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from areas affected by Red Tide. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
·Keep pets away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
·Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer’s specifications).
·If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.
Updated: Fish Kill Reporting Information
City of St. Petersburg: City residents may report fish kills through the See Click Fix app for the quickest response: https://www.stpete.org/action_center
Other Pinellas Waterways: County contractors are actively working in areas with the largest reported fish kills. Residents can report fish kills to FWC through the FWC Reporter app, by calling 800-636-0511 or by submitting a report online. Residents who find dead fish near their boat dock can retrieve them with a skimmer and dispose of them with their regular trash or call their local municipality for additional guidance.
Check the latest Red Tide impacts:
Red Tide can cause respiratory irritation in higher concentrations, especially when the wind is blowing onshore. Pinellas County contributes to the Red Tide Respiratory Forecast tool for anyone considering a beach visit. Visit St. Pete/Clearwater maintains a beach status dashboard that also includes this information at www.beachesupdate.com. The location and severity of Red Tide impacts is influenced by the direction of the wind and tides and may change from one day to the next – check these sites when planning a beach trip for the latest information.
July 12, 2021
Pinellas County ramps up Red Tide response, dead fish removal
Medium to High Red Tide concentrations in Tampa Bay and many Gulf Beaches
Beaches remain open, but health advisories issued for respiratory impacts
Beachgoers can check daily Red Tide conditions before visiting
Pinellas County has deployed Public Works crews and contractors to assist with the removal of dead fish impacted by a Red Tide bloom in Tampa Bay, which is affecting Tampa Bay, Boca Ciega Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Over the weekend, the County’s contractor, DCR Emergency Services, brought in eight fishing boats to remove dead fish and marine life from Fort De Soto, Boca Ciega Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, and sections of Tampa Bay along the City of St. Petersburg’s waterfront. Collectively, local governments had collected more than 410 tons of marine life since the event started in June.
Pinellas beaches remain open with varying levels of Red Tide spotted along the coast today, but the National Weather Service and the Florida Department of Health have both issued advisories to beachgoers about potential respiratory impacts and avoiding water where dead fish are present. Locals and visitors can find the latest respiratory forecast and Red Tide conditions at BeachesUpdate.com.
The latest testing conducted Friday showed concentrations ranging from not present to high along Pinellas beaches from Fort De Soto to Honeymoon Island; satellite imagery and a flight this morning showed the largest patches around Clearwater Pass as well as from Madeira Beach north to Redington Beach. Updated testing results will be released by Pinellas County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) later on Monday, July 12th.
“Red Tide is having an impact on our bay and beaches right now, but Pinellas County is working around the clock to lessen its effects on residents and visitors by removing dead fish and sharing the latest information on where the bloom is concentrated,” said Public Works Director Kelli Hammer Levy.
“Our beaches remain open and it’s important to check the latest information on which areas are being affected as conditions change from one day to the next.”
What residents need to know:
Check the latest Red Tide concentrations: Red Tide can cause respiratory irritation in higher concentrations, especially when the wind is blowing onshore. Pinellas County contributes to the Red Tide Respiratory Forecast tool for anyone considering a beach visit. Visit St. Pete/Clearwater maintains a beach status dashboard that also includes this information at www.beachesupdate.com. The location and severity of Red Tide impacts is influenced by the direction of the wind and tides and may change from one day to the next – check these sites when planning a beach trip for the latest information.
Report fish kills: Large fish kills have been reported in St. Petersburg and areas of the Intra-Coastal Waterway. Residents can report fish kills to FWC through the FWC Reporter app, by calling 800-636-0511 or by submitting a report online. Residents who find dead fish near their boat dock can retrieve them with a skimmer and dispose of them with their regular trash or call their local municipality for additional guidance.
Fertilizer ban reminder: Occurrences of Red Tide in the Gulf of Mexico have been documented for centuries, but blooms can be worsened by excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous. Residents are reminded that fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus cannot be used or sold through Sept. 30, and phosphorus cannot be used any time of year unless a soil test confirms that it is needed.