Your Questions about Red Tide's attack on Pinellas County answered (Tampa Bay Times)
RED TIDE UPDATE, Monday, Oct. 15
Citizens and municipalities are encouraged to visit the Pinellas County Environmental Management’s Red Tide webpage at www.pinellascounty.org/redtide. This page includes a reporting tool for requesting cleanup of large fish kills (hundreds or thousands in open water or on public property), links to dumpster locations, links to daily status reports and other information. For the latest observational conditions, please visit www.BeachesUpdate.com.
Here is the latest additional information:
- A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite image taken over the weekend shows that the offshore bloom covers essentially the same area that it did before Hurricane Michael.
- The County conducted water quality testing on Saturday and found high concentrations of Karenia brevis at Honeymoon Island-south, Clearwater Beach, Sand Key Park, Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Shores, Redington Beach and Madeira Beach. Other monitoring locations had concentrations ranging from low to medium. Monitoring is taking place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Today’s results can be found here this afternoon.
- Winds from Hurricane Michael brought in large fish kills. On Friday and Saturday, the County’s contractor removed 105.4 tons of debris. The cumulative total now exceeds 913 tons. The contractor used two shrimp boats, six small skimmers, five beach rakes and 39 day laborers who made up 13 hand crews. In addition, 21 Pinellas County staff members helped with the cleanup efforts.
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission (FWC) has introduced an enhanced interactive map updated daily with its statewide water monitoring. The County’s sampling will be in addition to FWC’s current Wednesday and Friday updates and will provide more immediate Red Tide data for Pinellas County.
- Questions about health impacts to humans and pets should be directed to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.
CLEANING UP DEAD FISH
- It will not be possible to send the clean-up crews for small amounts of fish. If it is a small amount of fish and residents can remove it, put it in a trash bag and put it out with the garbage through normal trash pickup. If odor is a concern, double bag it.
- For estimating purposes when callers are not sure, we have been asking them to look at a 10x10 area, 100 sq ft, count the fish, how many? Now can you take that number and ballpark the total.
- If it is significant, say 100’s or 1,000’s, send the report to Pinellas County at the addresses listed below and the county will schedule the contractor.
Citizens can contact the county directly at:
- 727-464-4425 Pinellas County Environmental Management
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- See Clicks Fix - https://en.seeclickfix.com/pinellas_county
Information to provide:
- Location with complete address
- Approximately how many fish
- When emailing or using See Click Fix add a picture or two.