Bloom of Brown Tide Algae Ongoing In Indian River Lagoon, Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon
By Space Coast Daily // March 31, 2016
'this serious situation is a top priority'
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.
“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.
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