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The algae bloom at Central Marine in August 2016. Photo by Amy Green
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Algae A Hot Button Issue For Florida’s Gubernatorial Primary

A state of emergency was declared last month for counties along Florida’s east and west coasts due to thick blue-green algae. Also in the Gulf, a toxic red tide bloom is killing fish and other marine life. Researchers link the algae crisis to nutrient laden freshwater released from Lake Okeechobee into rivers on both coasts. It’s become a hot-button issue heading into the August 28th primary.
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Tony Sasso surveys the Indian River Lagoon from Cocoa Riverfront Park. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Watching For Fish Kill In Indian River Lagoon

Brevard county officials are keeping a nervous eye on the Indian River lagoon. Algal blooms are once more appearing in the water, and in some places fish are dying. Tony Sasso with Keep Brevard Beautiful explains what the county has done to try and clean up the lagoon since the big fish kill of 2016, and how they’ll respond if there’s another fish kill this summer.
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For local fisherman Giles Murphy toxic algae poses a business problem. Photo by Amy Green

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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