December 17, 2009
A red tide bloom that is strong enough to cause fish kills and cause coughing among beachgoers has been detected off the coast of Sarasota County, near Nokomis beach.
If the red tide bloom grows stronger or persists, onshore winds expected today and tomorrow could make beach conditions unpleasant for people by blowing dead fish or irritating air toward the shore.
A red tide bloom is a large cluster of algae that releases toxins into the air and water. In high doses, the toxins can kill large marine wildlife, such as manatees and dolphins. People with weak immune systems or asthma should avoid the beach during strong red tides because the airborne toxins can exacerbate respiratory problems.
Shellfish accumulate red tide toxins in their bodies and should not be harvested when red tide is present.
To check on beach conditions, visit the following site: http://coolgate.mote.org/beachconditions/
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