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For local fisherman Giles Murphy toxic algae poses a business problem. Photo by Amy Green
Local News

Florida’s Toxic Algae Decimates A Local Fishing Industry


Kids fish off of a narrow dock in Manatee Pocket, casting lines into coffee-colored water untouched by the toxic algae bloom fouling the St. Lucie River a mile up the canal. For three days these young summer camp-goers have reeled in snapper, puffer fish, catfish, trout and much else from the dock. Normally they would have ventured by boat to fish beneath the Roosevelt Bridge, which spans the Saint Lucie River in Stuart. But not this year.
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