Gov. Scott declares state of emergency over toxic algae bloom

Cristina Cross
August 16, 2018

Scientists in Florida are on the cusp of developing promising methods to control toxic algae blooms like the "red tide" that has been killing marine life along a 150-mile (240-km) stretch of the Gulf Coast, the head of a leading marine lab said on Wednesday.

The emergency order Scott issued Monday applies to mitigation efforts in adversely affected counties including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier.

"Today, I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide, so we can combat its bad impacts", Scott said in a news release.

"We will continue taking an aggressive approach by using all available resources to help our local communities", the governor wrote in the state of emergency declaration on August 13.

Red tides occur on an nearly yearly basis off Florida, starting out in the Gulf of Mexico where swarms of microscopic algae cells called Karenia brevis feed on deep-sea nutrients and are sometimes carried by currents close to shore, usually in the fall.

Scott says the state will deploy all state resources to the seven counties impacted and do everything possible to help business recover.

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VISIT FLORIDA will also receive $500,000 to help tourism development boards in counties affected by red tide, and has been directed to start developing marketing campaigns that will follow the end of red tide blooms. Residents have reported some negative health effects, including eye, nose and throat irritation, due to the vapors released by the red tide, according to The Washington Post. Blood and tissue samples will be tested to determine if the deadly toxins in red tide were the cause.

A scientist from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) took samples of waters near of Ft.

This summer, that means the devastating red tide is happening at the same time as a toxic blue-green algae bloom spreads in the Caloosahatchee River and St. Lucie Estuary.

Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. "We are looking for signature types of nitrogen, like those in the lake, to see if they scoot right through and into the Gulf, where the red tide is".

Fish populations have been resilient to the impact of red tide, even after severe and prolonged red tide events.

Officials say almost 300 sea turtles have died because of the toxic bloom.

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