It is an extremely dire situation and is deliberately being under-reported. The Florida red tide plague is still killing marine wildlife and destroying the vulnerable ecosystem around the massive panhandle. The actual problem is a spiral caused by human pollution causing the algae, the algae kill the fish which causes more algae which of course kills more fish. This never-ending cycle began in 2016 and has never gone away and has created, "dead-zones," in and around Florida's coastline leaving many experts wondering if the waters will ever recover.
Florida's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said most of the deaths had happened during the colder months when manatees migrated to the Indian River Lagoon, where most seagrasses had died which lies on the Eastern coast of the peninsular. Parts of the Sunshine State on the Western coast are dealing with some serious red tide trouble. Tons of dead fish are washing onshore across the Tampa Bay area.
The unhealthy situation has prompted several beaches to close for around-the-clock cleanup. It’s a disturbing sight to see and smell. Dead fish are littering the shorelines across Tampa Bay. Baitfish, sport fish, stingrays, even dolphins and manatees have all been killed by red tide and are piling up and officials don’t think this problem will be resolved quickly. Almost 20 t0ns of dead fish have been cleared by officials in the last 10 days.
This is a problem now in its 5th year and is shockingly being under-reported.
A dead manatee floated up in Anna Maria Sound on Aug. 26 2018 to the dock at the Sunrise Lane home of Holmes Beach Commissioner Judy Titsworth.I stumbled on a news report back in March this year which beggars belief and shows, once again the "fake news and lies" we are being fed by Government Agencies and the absolute incompetence of mainstream media's ability to properly research and check-out information given out by State-sponsored agencies. In the USA Today report, the article I read made my jaw drop by its inaccuracy.
According to the USA Today, quoting the "Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.""Something we have never seen before, really? "A 100 documented deaths a year, really?
On Tuesday, 22 January 2019, TBW reported;
It has been one of The Big Wobble's biggest and most tragic stories of the last one and a half years. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission attributed 213 manatee deaths to this episode of red tide, which began in late 2017, leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an unusual mortality event. Combined manatee deaths from red tide, human actions, cold stress and other causes was 824, according to a preliminary FWC report. According to the Herald Tribune, a previous die-off killed 803 manatees in 2013 during another red tide bloom.
Preliminary data from FWC showed that the 824 manatee deaths in 2018 from both red tide, sickness and human-related causes surpassed the previous record of 803 set during another red tide outbreak in 2013.
Apart from the manatee, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins deaths, it is thought "billions of fish" and countless birdlife have also died.
Because of the partial U.S. government shutdown, NOAA has not provided updates for dolphins on its UME website.
A month later on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, TBW reported;
"This was Florida's Deep Water Horizon!" An incredible 408 marine life die-off's, almost one every day from July 2016 to November 2018 and is the biggest marine disaster in Florida's history and today the Coastal Conservation Association Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have come up with an official number of deaths during that period, they are claiming the red tide killed