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Red Tide Found in Southern Pinellas

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Red tide can cause respiratory problems in humans and kill fish.

PINELLAS COUNTY – The presence of Red Tide has been detected in medium concentrations in bay waters in southern Pinellas, county officials say. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has also been reporting medium concentrations of Red Tide along the south beaches.

Red Tide is caused by higher-than-normal concentrations of the organism Karenia brevis. It can cause respiratory irritation in humans and can kill fish where it is present.Pinellas County monitors the bay waters and works with the FWC and the Department of Health in Pinellas County, as well as other partners in the community.

A statewide Marine Fish Kill Hotline is maintained by the Fish and Waterlife Health group at the FWC. Residents who observe fish kills can call (800) 636-0511 or report them online at

To view updated Red Tide status reports and track blooms online, go to For information on Red Tide and beach and health safety, go to the Florida Department of Health at

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