An aerial view of Anna Maria Island
photo: Bradenton Area CVB
ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Residents on Anna Maria Island are reporting the appearance of dead fish and other tell-tale signs of the algal bloom red tide, including a noxious smell and respiratory irritation. A red tide outbreak has already occured off the coast of Siesta Key in Sarasota County and scientists have reported that it seems to be headed north. Mote Marine Laboratory has confirmed that low to high concentrations alongshore and inshore of Manatee County.
Venice beaches began reporting a red tide bloom on Wednesday. The bloom moved north to Sarasota and had made a strong presence by early Thursday morning, according to reports. Joe Carlton, an Anna Maria Island resident, said that he noticed dead fish and respiratory irritation, while on his daily walk yesterday.
"I go for daily walks out here to enjoy the beautiful view and fresh air," said Carlton. "This morning was far from fresh. There are huge numbers of dead Mullet all over Holmes Beach."
Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory remind beachgoers that it's important to note that conditions can change quickly. Mote says that beachgoers may experience coughing, sneezing, scratchy throat or teary eyes at a beach where red tide blooms are present, and that the effects should be temporary and go away when those affected leave the beach.
However, Mote notes that people with asthma or other chronic respiratory impairments should be aware of places where red tide impacts are reported and should avoid those areas, as red tide can trigger their symptoms and potentially cause serious illness. You can check Mote's Report for updates at: www.mote.org/beaches.
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