According to a new report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC), large quantities of red algae were found near the coast of Pinellas County, Florida
A map released Wednesday showed "high" algae concentrations 10 miles before Coast in Pinellas County, after the FWC. The report recorded several pockets of "middle" level as well.
The red tide consists of harmful algae blooms that occur when plants growing in fresh and sea water grow higher than average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The algae can produce harmful toxins that damage oceanic wildlife and humans. The FWC notes that flowering occurs once a year, but the recent flowering in Florida has killed fish and other marine life, as well as causing respiratory problems in humans.
Despite these high concentrations off the coast of Pinellas County, the agency found that the counties of Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier had "reduced cell concentrations". None of the samples examined and processed by Charlotte County in the past week contained "high" levels of red flood algae, also known as Karenia brevis according to the report. [1
There were still reports of dead fish in several counties such as Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, according to the agency. Counties such as Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas, Collier and Lee reportedly had airway irritation last week, according to the report.
Earlier this month, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to the red-tide impact in the state, which affects the area since October 2017, reported USA Today . The statement, issued on 13 August, denied funds and funds to the Sarasota, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee Counties to clean and rescue animals.
Biologists and scientists are being provided to help with cleanup and animal rescue efforts, "said Scott.
Scientists have tried several methods to cleanse the algae, and a machine called the Ozone Treatment System, developed by the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, could help clean up the harmful algae, CBS News reported.
The machine processes about 300 Gallons of water per minute, which makes it possible to break down water that is infected with the dangerous algae.The water is then injected with ozone, a gas that is generated by electrical discharges with oxygen, releasing clean water.
" This system eliminates the red tide, eliminates the toxins, eliminates the excess organic matter that is decomposing, "said D Mr. Pierce from the Mote Marine Laboratory opposite the news station.
Scientists are not the only ones involved in the purge. Four inmates in Manatee County, Florida, took part in beach clearance for free in early August, Manatee County sheriff's director of public relations Dave Bristow previously told Newsweek .