Dead fish are washed ashore on Indian River County's enclosed beaches, such as the Golden Sands Park, which was seen on Thursday, October 18, 2018 due to the red tide.
Xavier Mascareñas and Jeremiah Wilson, Treasure Coast newspapers

The red tide now extends for 100 miles along the east coast of Florida, from Hobe Sound to Cape Canaveral. 19659009] But keeping your fingers crossed, wind changes from Friday and over the weekend, could help blow it away.

"The red tide is still there and in some places still full strength, anyway," said Malcolm McFarland, a research associate at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Fort Pierce

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Seawater samples McFarland collected Monday contained:

  • 2 million red flood cells per liter in Avalon Beach State Park on North Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County
  • 1 million cells per liter in South Beach south of Vero Beach on the Barrier Island in Indian River County

Earls of 1 million cells or more are farmed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission considered highly respected and cause respiratory problems and fish kills

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The reddish brown cells, which take their name from the red tide are thick enough to see them.

High concentrations of red water are also reported by the FWC in Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach in Brevard County and Wabasso Beach in Indian River County.

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Indian River County shores were covered in dead fish October 17, 2018. Red tide was detected at mid to high levels off the coast, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. MARIA HELEN MOORE / TCPALM

Beach Run

All beaches in Indian River County, where dead fish have landed for a week, were closed on Tuesday.

Since the beginning of Saturday, a company hired by County Vero Beach and the towns of Indian River Shores and Orchid have cleaned about 4.5 miles from the coast of County 22.5.

The beach sweepers are expected to take three weeks, said Coastal Engineer James Gray on Tuesday night.

Several beaches in St Lucie County have medium concentrations (100,000 to 1 million cells per liter), enough to cause respiratory problems and cause fish kills. More: The Red Tide Killed Fish in the Indian River Lagoon in St. Lucie County


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Pepper Park's beach on North Hutchinson Island, St. Lucie County was hit by dead fish on Tuesday Coast and Red Tide shut down in the water, said County spokesman Erick Gill. [19659010] St. Lucie County is working with its waste disposal company AshBritt Environmental to remove thousands of dead fish on a five-mile stretch of beach near Pepper Park starting Wednesday morning.

In Martin County, the beaches of Jensen Beach and Hobe Sound still have low levels of red tide (10,000 to 100,000 cells per liter), which can still cause respiratory problems and possible fish attacks.

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The beaches of Martin County are open and have lifeguards, but warning signs are attached that alert visitors to the possible Red tide and the possible symptoms indicate: coughing, scratchy throats and runny noses and eyes.

A sign at the entrance to Virginia Forrest Beach in Martin County warns visitors of possible red waves. (Photo: TYLER TREADWAY / TCPALM)

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Shifting winds

"Keep the winds and currents It's about leaving, going north, "McFarland said." The question is, how long? "

Well, a front that arrived in Florida on Friday should bring southwest winds from 15 to 20 miles per hour, Matt said Volkmer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

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And if that is not enough, the red tide returns to the sea Wind will be west Saturday wind at up to 10 miles per hour and Sunday from the northwest at 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Another front will arrive Monday with stronger south-westerly winds, said Volkmer.

"Afterward we are somehow too far outside to predict, "he added," but models show north winds continuing through the middle of next week. "


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Boomerang red

Let's hope it's not déja vu again: It looked like the red one Flood

It started, McFarland said, but it came back.

Dockers hired current drifters, swimmers equipped with GPS instruments to track ocean currents, Thursday in the ocean off Vero Beach.

"They headed north when we thought," McFarland said, "but only for a few hours, then they turned and landed on the beach at Vero."

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Environmental journalist Tyler Treadway answers questions about the Red Flood, including how to get to the Treasure Coast and whether residents should be worried about their health.
Maureen Kenyon, [email protected]

Helpful Numbers

  • Martin County Beach Conditions: 772-320-3112
  • St. Lucie County Beach Conditions: 772 -452-1421
  • Indian River County Beach Conditions: 772-226-4000
  • Red Tide Health Concerns: 800-222-1222 (Florida Poison Control Center)
  • Killing fish: 800-6360511 (FWC)

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