Red Tide Causes Huge Fish Kill Off Florida Coast, Moving North

A red tide off the Florida coast is killing hundreds of fish as it moves up the coastline toward Sarasota, Florida.

From this story in the Miami Herald:

A red tide that formed off the southwest Florida coastline is creeping toward Sarasota. State wildlife officials say they noticed a large fish kill on Tuesday near Sanibel Island. So far, wind conditions and currents have kept the dead fish off the area's beaches. But officials say that could change in the next few days.

Wildlife officials told the Sarasota Herald Tribune ( http://bit.ly/oaSa1E) the fish kill is about four miles offshore and could contain hundreds of fish. They say the fish were likely killed by the red tide. Officials say red tide is caused by Karenia brevis algae, which produce dangerous toxins that get into the water and air. In addition to killing fish, it can also cause respiratory in people as winds blow the toxins toward the shore.