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Brevard County Gathers Samples After Reports Of Possible Red Tide

Red tide in Brevard County last year. Photo: Amy Green

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Testing is underway after reports of possible red tide in Indialantic and Melbourne Beach.

Results are expected Wednesday.

Reports of dead fish and respiratory symptoms began over the weekend, says Virginia Barker of the Brevard County Natural Resources Department.

“The lifeguards went to the area where the first reports came in, and they said that they also experienced nasal issues.”

A nearly year-long red tide in southwest Florida has spread in recent months, carried by the Gulf Stream around the peninsula’s southernmost tip and up the Atlantic coast.

In Brevard County the harmful algae species is rare.



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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been heard on NPR and seen in PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. She began her career at The Associated Press. Her book on the Everglades, under contract with Johns Hopkins ... Read Full Bio »