The invasive and destructive Red tide algae bloom has now reached Fort Lauderdale on the eastern coast of Florida, an disaster on epidemic scale on its way to destroy tourism.
Industrial pollution has poisoned the waters with pesticides and other forms of man made waste materials, which caused to drop the Oxygen levels in the sea and Florida river systems.
The algae bloom now stretches from Navarre beach west of Panama City in the Gulf of Mexico all the way down the west coast of Florida and around the southern tip of the panhandle to Fort Lauderdale on the eastern coast.
This summer has seen the death of millions, maybe billions of marine species from birds to fish, manatees, dolphins and turtles due to a red tide oxygen consuming algae bloom with many experts saying they have never seen anything like it before.
The latest report comes from ABC Local News claiming hundreds of dead fish have been found washed ashore Fort Lauderdale Beach, leaving officials to believe that toxic red tide algae has made its first appearance in Broward County.
Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey said the cleanup, which began on Wednesday, would be long and intensive because workers have had to remove the fish by hand with nets since machinery can’t fit in the canal.
Meanwhile, the dead fish and the possible threat of more from another red tide has some tourism advocates worried about a drop in visitors to the city and their wallets.
Crabs are the latest casualty of Southwest Florida’s lingering red tide problem as hundreds of them have washed up dead or dying on beaches in Collier and Lee counties since Saturday.
Now about 100 dead or dying turtles have been found in water bodies in Orange, Seminole and Putnam counties. A few reports have come in from other locations, such as Trout Lake near Eustis in Lake County.
The Big Wobble / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.