Several Florida beaches are closed as the crew is racing to clean up many smelly decaying fish washing onshore across Tampa Bay.
According to the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, in the wake of Hurricane Elsa, high concentrations of red tide have been detected at Picnic Island Park, forcing the city to shut it down temporarily.
Dead fish washing ashore has also closed the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve in Hillsborough County, where the red tide was also detected.
One hundred twenty employees were taken off their regular jobs on Friday to remove sportfish, baitfish, dolphins, stingrays, and even manatees that died by red tide and have piled up the shoreline.
It’s messy and tediously backbreaking work, picking fish out of mangroves by hand, but it needs to be done.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a high concentration of microorganisms that cause red tide blooms has also been detected in the waters of Hillsborough Bay and Tampa Bay.