October 12, 1986
Hundreds of thousands of fish killed by spreading red tide piled up on Padre Island beaches as a state ban on clam and oyster fishing was extended both ways from Corpus Christi along more than 180 miles of Texas coast. In heavy concentrations, the microorganism imparts a reddish color to seawater, makes clams and oysters poisonous and can kill fish, shrimp and crabs, said Kirk Wiles, who oversees the state Health Department's shellfish program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2000 |
Residents in the Ventura Keys are searching for answers about a red tide, or what scientists call an algae bloom, that is proliferating in the water behind their homes in this marina neighborhood. The thick growth of algae, which can kill marine life, naturally occurs in June and July. This year the amount has been larger than residents and harbor officials have seen in at least 15 years. Many residents say they are concerned the algae are toxic and could harm them or local marine life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000 |
A large red tide is turning the ocean water off Orange County brown by day and luminescent by night. "We've been hearing about it for the last three days," Monica Mazur, an environmental health specialist for the county's Health Care Agency, said Wednesday. The red tide stretches from Santa Barbara to Dana Point, she said, with patches as far south as San Clemente. "We've just had a meeting with people from L.A. and Santa Barbara counties," she said, "and there are reports that it's huge."
July 3, 1996 |
An unusual outbreak of red tide was to blame for the mysterious deaths of a record number of manatees this spring, scientists said. The finding is good news, since it means that the deaths weren't caused by an infectious disease that manatees could spread among themselves or carry to other areas. Red tide is a toxic microorganism that accumulates in shellfish. A similar manatee die-off occurred in 1982.
September 26, 2000 |
A bloom of toxic red tide algae is spreading along the Texas Gulf Coast, shutting down some oyster fishing and killing millions of fish whose rotting remains are fouling beaches. State environmental officials say it's the largest concentration of red tide since 1986, when more than 22 million fish died in four months. . High concentrations of the algae called red tide produce a toxin that kills fish by affecting the central nervous system.
June 7, 2005 |
Officials closed two areas off Martha's Vineyard to shellfishing as the largest red tide outbreak in decades continued to spread through New England waters. The toxic algae bloom already has forced officials to shut down shellfish beds from Maine to Cape Cod so that people do not eat tainted clams, mussels and oysters.