Editor’s note: Many media sources around the state are reporting that the red tide, previously only a Gulf of Mexico problem, has now reached Indian River County. Here is an advisory published by the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce:
There are indications that Red Tide has reached Indian River County and we are working closely with the Indian River County Department of Health to assess conditions. There have been reports of sporadic dead fish and mild respiratory irritation. There are no Indian River County beach closures at this time. The Department of Health is collecting samples for both confirmation and the potential level of Red Tide based on the number of organisms present. In an abundance of caution should the State Department of Health confirm the existence of Red Tide, we encourage all people to follow the recommendations provided by the Department of Health:
- People, especially those with respiratory issues, are encouraged to stay away from the beaches if possible for the next 2-10 days. Persons may experience throat irritation and/or coughing if directly exposed to Red Tide.
- Higher wind or tides can spread it more quickly.
- Dead fish are not to be eaten! Be cautious with any fish caught from the southeastern coast of Florida.
- Do not consume shellfish of any kind caught in this area until it passes.
- Please visit www.myfwc.com/redtidestatus for more information.
For current and up to date information on the status of Red Tide affecting Florida please review the following links: