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Brevard County Gathers Samples After Reports Of Possible Red Tide

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

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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About Amy Green

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Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »