Bloom of Brown Tide Algae Ongoing In Indian River Lagoon, Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon

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'this serious situation is a top priority'

Tuesday morning, agency leadership from FWC, DEP, SJRWMD, and DOH toured the Banana River, starting near Cocoa Beach and down to Patrick Air Force Base. They were joined by Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senator Thad Altman. In addition, they met with Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith and other partners at the base. They observed the brown tide event and discussed current status with experts and health officials as well as witnessed local, county, FWC and DEP crews led by Brevard County assisting with cleanup related to fish mortality. Aerial views show no additional fish mortality at this time. To report a fish kill, diseased fish or fish with other abnormalities, call 1-800-636-0511.

Leadership from FWC, DEP, SJRWMD and DOH toured the Banana River, starting near Cocoa Beach and down to Patrick Air Force Base. They were joined by Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senator Thad Altman. In addition, they met with Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith and other partners at the base. They observed the brown tide event and discussed current status with experts and health officials as well as witnessed local, county, FWC and DEP crews led by Brevard County assisting with cleanup related to fish mortality. Aerial views show no additional fish mortality at this time. (FWC image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A bloom of the brown tide algae is ongoing in the northern Indian River Lagoon, Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon.

Low dissolved oxygen conditions can occur during brown tides and cause fish kills, such as those observed in the Banana River over the last two weeks.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and the Florida Department of Health are partnering with other state, regional and local agencies to continue monitoring this bloom and its effects.

Nick Wiley

Nick Wiley

“Getting answers to help address this serious situation is a top priority,” said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley.

“We are working closely with our partners and the local community to better understand the problem and help develop solutions. Florida’s natural treasures and wildlife are incredibly important to our state and we will continue to do all we can to ensure its protection and preservation.”

If you see dead or diseased fish, call the Fish Kill Hotline at 1-800-636-0511. For dead or distressed marine mammals, call our wildlife alert hotline at 1-888-404-3922.

CLICK HERE FOR BREVARD COUNTY NEWS

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A bloom of the brown tide alga is ongoing in the northern Indian River Lagoon (IRL), Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon. (FWC image)

A bloom of the brown tide algae is ongoing in the northern Indian River Lagoon (IRL), Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon. (FWC image)


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