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

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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Mary Radabaugh in 2016. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

Whew! That Toxic Algae Bloom Smells Bad. Really Bad


Mary Radabaugh peers over her mask at the toxic algae spread across Haney Creek off of the St. Lucie River. “You can see the flies that are on the top of it. They’re eating the rot so that’s like the sewage that is out there. You can see the big brown spots that look like sewage.”
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