All people are encouraged to follow the recommendations provided by the Department of Health:
People, especially those with respiratory issues, are encouraged to stay away from the beaches if possible until further notice. Persons may experience throat irritation and/or coughing if directly exposed to Red Tide.
Higher wind or tides can spread Red Tide more quickly.
Dead fish are not to be eaten! Be cautious with any fish caught from the southeastern coast of Florida.
Do not consume shellfish of any kind caught in this area until the Red Tide passes.
The Indian River County Emergency Information Center is open to take your questions from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. today. Please call 772-226-4000.
For general information on harmful algal blooms occurring in Florida and current status reports by the state, please visit these links:
The Red Tide is still present in Indian River County and cleanup operations are in effect. All of the beaches in our county remain closed. The image below shows where the cleanup operations are taking place. On the Indian River County beaches, the toxic effects of Red Tide has mostly been fish kill and the clean up contractor will remove 10-15,000 lbs of dead fish off the beaches per day.
With a continuing East wind, Red Tide is expected to linger on our beaches for more days!
There are numerous microscopic algae in the ocean and they are essential components to ocean life but when they are supplied with excess nutrients, they multiply uncontrollably, and can become an unwanted toxic mass commonly called a “red tide” or harmful algal blooms. (HAB)
What Causes Red Tide?
This is still being investigated but some marine scientist believe the up welling of nutrients from the sea floor from massive storms is most likely the cause of these events.
Dinoflagellates are major producers of oxygen in the ocean (and freshwater). But some species can grow out of control, causing a red tide.(2004 Smithsonian Institution)
For a more detailed and reference filled description of red tide see Wikipedia: