Crews cleaning up fish killed by Red Tide

Posted at 3:13 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 08:50:41-04

SANIBEL, Fla. (WTXL) - In southwest Florida, crews have been working to clear beaches of thousands of fish killed by red tide.

The toxic algae bloom is also affecting humans, with state authorities citing reports of breathing problems in multiple counties.

The impact of this red tide is unprecedented and it's lasted for more than nine months.

Gov. Rick Scott issued an emergency order, and the contamination is also having an impact on tourism.

Beaches on the bay side of Sanibel are being hit the hardest, according to the most recent Sanibel report.