17 tons of dead fish cleared from beaches due to red tide

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One Florida county has dumped more than 17 tons (15,420 kilograms) of dead fish collected since red tide algae crept up from South Florida into Tampa Bay.

Fish are dying off at such a rate that officials are seeking more commercial vessels to sift dead sea life from the Gulf of Mexico and haul it to a landfill.

Onshore in Pinellas County, many beach businesses say they aren’t seeing dead fish and that tourists are getting spooked away despite clear waters. The...

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