RED TIDE UPDATE, Thursday, Nov. 15
Citizens and municipalities are encouraged to visit the Pinellas County Environmental Management’s Red Tide webpage at www.pinellascounty.org/redtide. This page includes a reporting tool for requesting cleanup of large fish kills (hundreds or thousands in open water or on public property), links to dumpster locations, links to daily status reports and other information. For the latest observational conditions, visit www.BeachesUpdate.com. A tool that predicts risk levels for respiratory irritation is available at https://habscope.gcoos.org/forecasts. The forecast includes wind speed and direction.
Here is the latest additional information:
- The County conducted water quality testing Wednesday and found high concentrations of Karenia brevis at Fort De Soto Ferry Pier, Gulfport Fishing Pier, Redington Shores, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, John’s Pass and within the Intracoastal Waterway at Keegan Clair Park and Belleair Beach City Hall. Medium concentrations were found at Sand Key Park near the Clearwater Pass. Other monitoring locations ranged between low and medium. The next round of testing will take place Friday.
- The National Weather Service predicts north to north-west winds today, north winds Friday and north to north-east Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, USF’s 5 day trajectory predicts net southeastern transport of surface and subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) models suggest these conditions may push the bloom away from Pinellas County.
- County cleanup operations on Wednesday included the following:
- 12 vessels worked the Intracoastal Waterway from Belleair Beach to Tierra Verde.
- 14 temporary laborers worked St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and additional hot spots.
- County crews monitored the beaches and inspected any new locations submitted through the reporting tool.
- Thanks to the County’s ongoing Red Tide response, major coastal events continue to be held as scheduled. Sanding Ovations Masters Cup, featuring world class sand sculptures and live music, is taking place through Sunday in Treasure Island. Visit St. Petersburg-Clearwater is a sponsor of the event.
- Please encourage citizens to report fish kills through the reporting tool rather than by phone.
- As of Tuesday, the County had disposed of 1,687 tons of Red Tide-related debris via 363 truckloads.
CLEANING UP DEAD FISH
- It will not be possible to send the clean-up crews for small amounts of fish. If it is a small amount of fish and residents can remove it, put it in a trash bag and put it out with the garbage through normal trash pickup. If odor is a concern, double bag it.
- For estimating purposes when callers are not sure, we have been asking them to look at a 10x10 area, 100 sq ft, count the fish, how many? Now can you take that number and ballpark the total.
- If it is significant, say 100’s or 1,000’s, send the report to Pinellas County at the addresses listed below and the county will schedule the contractor.
Citizens can contact the county directly at:
- 727-464-4425 Pinellas County Environmental Management
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- See Clicks Fix - https://en.seeclickfix.com/pinellas_county
Information to provide:
- Location with complete address
- Approximately how many fish
- When emailing or using See Click Fix add a picture or two.