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Dead fish popping up on some Pinellas beaches, including Clearwater Beach, Madeira Beach

Posted at 7:43 AM, Sep 09, 2018

Dead fish began washing up on local beaches, including Clearwater Beach and south beaches in Pinellas County from St. Pete Beach north to Redington Beach Saturday, Pinellas County environmental officials said.


Cleanup activities are ongoing, and a contractor is working to harvest dead fish floating offshore Clearwater Pass before they come in.


More resources will be deployed Sunday to Tuesday to make sure environmental officials can respond effectively.


Water samples were collected at multiple sites Saturday and analyzed for the presence of K. brevis, the Red Tide organism.


The results are as followed:


Pass-a-Grille Beach – very low


Madeira Beach – high


John’s Pass – medium


Park Boulevard Boat Ramp – not present


Belleair Boat Ramp – medium


Clearwater Pass – medium


Pinellas County parks that reported no dead fish, odors or discolored water, including Fort De Soto, Sand Key Park and Fred Howard Park.