Palm Beach County beach was littered with dozens of dead fish this week as the toxic red tide spread along the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Algae causing the red tide, have been spotted along some of the most densely populated parts of the east coast, according to Florida’s Wildlife and Fish Conservation Commission officials. In more than decade blooms were confirmed in St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach marking the first sign of the red tide.
After Hour of Coughing University of Miami’s Neurology Researcher Fled the Beach
Tests are performed by wildlife officials in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and the results are expected on Wednesday for Broward. Currently, no mention has been made regarding online updates and Susan Neel, the FWC spokeswoman mentioned that further results could be expected by Friday. Since last weekend several of the beachgoers have complained about itchy eyes, coughing and other symptoms related to red tide. After an hour of runny noses and coughing on Saturday, the University of Miami’s neurology researcher, Gerare Rimesso and his family fled the beach at Fort Lauderdale.
County Beaches Closed Since the Weekend
Since the weekend the county beaches have been closed, state biologists were sent to investigate the kills, after dead fish washed ashore in Palm Beach County at the MacArthur State Park and red tide were detected. The blooms were first spotted off Sarasota in the Gulf of Mexico, almost a year ago, it then got swept into the loop current of the Gulf connected to the current in Florida that flows north along the Atlantic coast. The Atmospheric Administration and National Oceanographic satellites detected evidence in August and September when algae were spotted west of the Marquesas Island.
The Algae that Causes the Red Tide Lives off the Gulf Coast & Therefore the Atlantic Coast Rarely Sees it. Over the fall and summer blooms withered the gulf shores, beaches were shut down and it cripples businesses, and fish kills are constantly reported between Collier and Pinellas counties. Since 1994 the blooms do appear in the gulf between fall and spring every year, this year the bloom also appeared off the Panhandle a month ago.
Coastal Pollution Feeds Blooms and Increase Problem
The blooms from offshore, but scientists revealed this week that the pollution feeds them and make it worse. This year’s bloom was encouraged by the blue-green algae that are massive on Lake Okeechobee. Palm Beach lifeguards informed beachgoers on Saturday that beaches were closed due to the number of people needing medical attention. Many asked one question and that is how long the situation would last, experts say it depends and at the time the red tides can last for weeks, it depends on nature, the wind and the sunlight it could also last a year. According to Florida’s Wildlife and Fish Research Institution, only eight blooms occurred since the early 1950’s and the last one was more than a decade ago.