Florida hit by largest tide bloom in nearly a decade – thousands of fish killed

August 2014FLORIDA – The largest red-tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and might pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore as expected in the next two weeks, researchers said. The patchy bloom stretches from the curve of the panhandle to the central Tampa Bay region. It measures approximately 80 miles long by 50 miles wide. Red tide occurs when naturally occurring algae bloom out of control, producing toxins deadly to fish and other marine life. The odorless chemicals can trigger respiratory distress in people, such as coughing and wheezing. “It could have large impacts if it were to move inshore,” said Brandon Basino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “It has been killing a lot of marine species, especially fish, as it waits offshore.” The agency has received reports of thousands of dead fish, including snappers, groupers, flounders and bull sharks, as well as crabs, eels and octopi. This is the largest bloom seen since 2006. The phenomenon has existed for centuries, but such a large bloom is being closely monitored in Florida because it could affect beach tourism and commercial fishing.
A smaller red tide bloom, closer to shore, contributed last year to a record number of deaths among Florida manatees, an endangered sea mammal. “I have seen analogies that equate red tide with a forest fire,” said Kellie Dixon, manager of the ocean technology program at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla. “There is an ecosystem reset.” Researchers at that laboratory recently helped deploy two underwater robots, nicknamed Waldo and Bass, to collect data on the slow-moving red tide, which could linger for months or be rapidly dispersed by a storm. To map the bloom and try to predict its movement, state wildlife officials organized a three-day boating expedition last week, sending researchers to test water samples across 2,000 square miles. The team found evidence of red tide at the bottom of the ocean, where it is expected to be swept by currents and carried to land, potentially affecting beaches north and south of Tampa. “It looks like it’s coming in,” said Alina Corcoran, a research scientist on the expedition, adding that the bloom would not arrive at once. “All of southwest Florida is not doomed. This is normal. It happens all the time.” –Columbus Dispatch
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7 Responses to Florida hit by largest tide bloom in nearly a decade – thousands of fish killed

  1. Chris says:

    Harbinger of things to come???


  2. Arghangel says:

    First thoughts… The BP oil spill has got to be a contributing factor in this ghastly event!!

    Should be interesting to hear what our Ocean Scientists have to say about all of this…


  3. Dennis E. says:

    Let me be clear, here. THE OCEANS ARE DYING…………If they die, so will we……….


    • Chris says:

      Yep. they are dying. Some thoughts are that this fact is a matter of bible prophecy. He said it would happen, not how particularly, just that it would start to happen.


  4. Red tide. It’s algae boom.Algae is basically green.Then why the tide with algae has the red color?
    The plants are green because the leaves contain chlorophyll.(I know there are more colors of them also) If the leaves are tender then also the leaves of roses are reddish and becomes green when they grow. In the same way when the leaves get older or chlorophyll gets damaged by viral attack some leaves changes color from green to red. When the green leaf changes to red or yellow we cannot change it to green. The leaf also cannot create food for plant, Means it will not absorb the sun rays and CO2 to generate oxygen.So finally the dissolved oxygen in water is getting reduced.This is the condition which was always observed in all mass fish kills. If it is the toxin which is generated by the algae because of the boom or over growth of toxin producing algae then oxygen % in sea or river should increase.
    So red tides may not be responsible for the fish kill; but the the thing which is killing the algae should be blamed. (If any one who wants to discuss on issue seriously may contact me at
    shriram.kalaspurkar@gmail.com )


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