THE RED TIDE

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  “I’m Back”  — Worst Red Tide In Years  


🐟 Red Tide Overlook  —  We were lucky, really lucky,  with Hurricane Elsa no one died, and not a lot of damage.  My clients and friends were smart, they cut,  cropped,  manicured the huge oak trees before they took out their house, car or loved ones.  Especially if overgrown near power pole lines.

No boating,  no injuries but these tropical storms create wind violence 40-70 mile gusts, tornadoes and enormous amounts of rain and that did not  break up the   (Some thought it would break up by turbulence and aeration of the rough water,  but it backfired…) 

Karenia brevis, had persisted on the Florida Gulf Coast. Over the past weeks, K. Brevis was detected in many samples.  Bloom concentrations were observed in  up and down the West coast.  Seems to be tapering off

Daily temperatures have been in the high eighties to nineties, and humidity enough you don’t need to shower,  you will be soaked all by yourself.  A fact we just became aware of,  94% of those who do not believe in global warming are Republicans.  Show you how really stupid people can be when politics is more important that life itself.  

With rain everyday the soil gets saturated and when the aquifers load up the fertilizer chemicals and only God knows what else people use on their lawns overflow into the ocean.  Instead of the storm breaking the Tide it nourishes it with that great fertilizer.   

Florida is basically built on a very porous foundation which is why we have sinkholes, underground rivers and aquifers.   And dead fish showing up on our beaches  —  The problem is the dead fish that wind up on the beaches get filled with sand and cannot be put into the garbage grinders prior to burning as they would destroy the machines. to make into fertilizer or burn so they have to go to the landfill.  I have no idea how the workers can stand the smell.


11/10/2021 —  Current STATEWIDE Area Conditions  — GOOD NEWS FINALLY!

  • Over the past week, K. brevis was detected in four samples in Northwest Florida. Thanks to our partners at USF and NOAA, we continue to use satellite imagery to look for patches of elevated chlorophyll as a proxy for algal biomass. Additional details are provided below.
    • In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
    • In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background and very low concentrations in Franklin County (in two samples), and very low and low concentrations in and offshore of Wakulla County (in two samples). Samples collected from or offshore of Bay, Gulf, Dixie, Levy, and Pasco counties did not contain K. brevis.
    • Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.


Piney Point Updates  —  Something Stinks In Our Leadership —  To blame Herr Von Obergruppenführer Desantis, the Governor of Florida,  and as a dedicated clone of  T-RUMP as Himmler was to Hitler,  Is a shoe-in, He is a dedicated partner of T-RUMPS Mini Gestapo,  A Total Frickin GOP Goose Stepping Sycophant And A Certified Member  Of  P.R.I.C.K.   People Regurgitating Intelligent Certifiable  Knowledge — 

He defiantly will join the ranks of the incompetent Republican losers we have had as Governors and Senators like ass-kissing Rick Scott who defrauded Medicare of 1.7 billion dollars and Marco Rubio who is another SAK ( Superficial Ass Kisser)  His moves are under Investigation Now by various state agencies —  Tampa Bay Estuary Program  —  and Federal agencies — and so far results show his actions promoted the same effect as pouring gasoline on a fire. then peeing on it… 


Tampa Bay’s Red Tide  — Piney Point Disaster  — 

  • Hillsborough and Pinellas had issued health warnings.  A patchy bloom suspected to be the reason for fish kills on the Pinellas coast and around Port Manatee showed up two months after 215 million gallons of nutrient rich wastewater was pumped into the estuary from the site of an old fertilizer plant.

  • People already have suspicions. But can anyone know for sure whether harmful algae are feasting upon pollution from Piney Point?  “Nutrient chemistry in seawater is a complex issue, and this is certainly true for Tampa Bay,” said University of South Florida chemical oceanography professor Kristen Buck, who took samples after the Piney Point release.

  • “We didn’t see this level of algal production this time last year,” he said in an interview. And 2021 has brought uncommonly dry weather, meaning heavy rains have not washed excess nutrients, namely nitrogen, into Tampa Bay. That runoff would provide an obvious alternate source of fuel for the algae. 

  • Thick mats of an algae called Lyngbya have blanketed waterways around Anna Maria Island in recent weeks, and Red Tide has been found at bloom levels near Port Manatee — where the Piney Point wastewater was discharged — and off Pinellas beaches around Pass-a-Grille, Redington Shores, Indian Shores and Sand Key.

  • Health officials in both Hillsborough and Pinellas have issued advisories warning visitors they could experience mild respiratory issues, similar to a cold, when around a bloom.  Algae use nitrogen to grow. The polluted water at Piney Point put high levels of nitrogen into the bay. It was released with approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which said it feared that a leaking reservoir at the property could collapse. The state has vowed to hold the private landowner, HRK Holdings, accountable for damages.


Failure At Piney Point: Florida Let Environmental Risk Fester Despite Warnings  — Red Tide is not well-understood. The algae produce toxins that hurt marine life, and they may make people in the area suffer a cough, itchy throat and irritation in their eyes and noses. Blooms are typically more troublesome for those with chronic breathing problems like asthma.

Several research projects are underway in an effort to better understand the causes of blooms and ways to possibly mitigate their effects. Carly Jones, a spokesperson for the state Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, said “there is no direct link between nutrient pollution and the frequency or initiation of red tides caused by Karenia brevis” — the scientific name of the organism that has been found at elevated levels here.

“Piney Point didn’t cause the Red Tide in Tampa Bay,” Jones wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times, “but whether or not it might be a contributing factor is a possibility that we are looking into with a number of other collaborators.”

“We also just moved from drought conditions into Florida’s wet season and have started to see rain for the first time.  Both the drought and now the rain may also be playing a role in some of the patterns we have seen, on top of some of the complex ocean currents.”

Effluent flows from a pipe into a drainage ditch at Port Manatee South Gate on April 6, across from the old Piney Point phosphate plant site.   The excess nitrogen dumped into lower Tampa Bay from Piney Point, according to an estimate shared by Sherwood, is similar to pouring about 100,000 bags of fertilizer into the water over several days.

He said he never expected all the consequences would be immediately obvious. Contaminants from the wastewater, he said, have been pushed by winds, tides and currents through parts of the bay and out along the coast. They may have been used first by other organisms, but when those die, the nitrogen will get recycled through the ecosystem.


Tampa Bay Lost 13 Percent Of Its Seagrass In Two Years, Study Shows  —  Seagrasses are a foundational part of the ecosystem because they provide food for animals such as manatees, habitat for nursing fish and natural filtration for the water. The Estuary Program is monitoring seagrass beds near Port Manatee to determine how they respond to the release and any potential algal blooms.

The region is a few years removed from a devastating Red Tide that struck the southern gulf coast, buffeting a tourism industry that is now trying to recover from the economic drag of the coronavirus pandemic’s local peak.

“We’re now in 2021 and potentially setting ourselves up to repeat those sorts of events,” Sherwood said in his presentation Thursday. The 2017-19 bloom caused tons of dead marine life to wash ashore across Florida’s west coast. Pinellas spent at least $7 million to clean up its shores.

People enjoy the water on the beach, most not paying attention to the occasional dead fish washed ashore after reports of Red Tide found in water samples along the Pinellas County coast.

Tampa Bay’s restoration is considered an environmental success that could sputter backward without vigilance. Advocates for decades have restored seagrasses and boosted water quality by pushing to reduce the nutrients dumped into the estuary by people, including in wastewater.

Nature relies on balance, they say, and a human-caused crisis like Piney Point threatens to upset the system.  “This is something that cascades through the environment in the weeks and months ahead,” Sherwood told those gathered Thursday. “We’re still in the throes of the response.”


— RED TIDE QUESTIONS —  

Here Are Some Answers By Barbara Kilpatrick

  • The toxin causes respiratory issues and skin irritation — but can also cause neurological problems and harm dogs, too.  Red Tide has killed more than 1,924 tons of sea life in the Tampa Bay region, but the harmful effects to humans and pets are lesser known.  “We’ve had Red Tide in our waters for hundreds of years,” said Barbara Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observation System, “but as we populate our coastline, more people are being impacted.”   Scientists know this much about Red Tide: It causes sneezing, coughing and watery eyes in humans. Those with respiratory problems like asthma should stay away.  Covid can become a factor.  Add it up Covid, Red Tide, Asthmatic Problems, the perfect storm.

  • Researchers expected an uptick in asthma and bronchitis, but the rise in pneumonia surprised them.  Kirkpatrick said it made them wonder if the toxin was impeding the immune system.She also helped lead a study that followed 125 asthma patients for seven years, finding that exposure to intermittent Red Tide did not worsen their illness over time. But she said knowledge of the bloom’s long-term effects on other patient populations is limited.  “There’s a lot we still don’t know,” she said.

  • A 2005 study that Kirkpatrick helped lead showed a 24 percent increase in headaches among lifeguards during Red Tide blooms.  Another study led by Kirkpatrick reported an association between the Red Tide blooms of 2005 to 2009 and an increase in emergency room visits for headaches among patients ages 55 and older. The denser the bloom, the more headaches were reported.   


MANATEES 

Red Tide Suspected As Manatees Deaths Pile Up In Tampa Bay  — These manatee mortalities have met the criteria to be declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) by the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the UME determination. Moving forward, the FWC will continue to coordinate closely with our federal partners, participate in the investigative team, and conduct analyses related to the cause of the UME. Working with these partners, FWC staff will explore both short- and long-term and small- and large-scale response options, including aquatic habitat restoration.

  FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION 
MARINE MAMMAL PATHOBIOLOGY LABORATORY

—  2021 Preliminary Red Tide Manatee Mortalities,  Jan 01 – July 23  —   
Manatees Carcasses Collected Within  the Known Red Tide Bloom Boundary ( West Coast )

Red Tide Positive = 9 Red Tide Suspect = 23 Red Tide Total = 32 



SEAFOOD

Is Seafood Safe In The Tampa Bay Area During Red Tide  —  If The Red Tide Doesn’t Make  You Sick, Consider the Country of Origin and Their Health Standards.

  • The Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa has received 27 calls about illnesses linked to Red Tide this year, said medical director Dr. Justin Arnold.  He knows that is an undercount.  “Not everyone calls us when they’re exposed to Red Tide,” Arnold said.
  • The most immediate and severe reaction to Red Tide exposure tends to come from eating shellfish that feed on infected toxic algae. The result is neurotoxic shellfish poisoning,  Arnold said, which can cause symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures. 
  • Dead fish lie on the sand at Indian Shores Beach on June 10. They were likely killed by Red Tide,  A handful of the calls received by the center this year were from people who didn’t know eating recreationally harvested shellfish during a Red Tide bloom is dangerous, Arnold said… 
  • They said:   Seafood in restaurants and grocery stores is safe because it is caught offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, and the state rigorously monitors and shuts down commercial shellfish beds at the first sign of Red Tide. 
  • Sidebar:  I Disagree Emphatically  —  When I see shellfish and fish deliveries 6 am at restaurants they are from commercial vendors and distributors who buy world wide and from overseas sources supposedly checked by our inspectors.   https://www.seafoodsource.com/seafood-handbook.com 
  • Example:   At Least 1,000 Indian Shrimp Containers Stranded In Chinese Ports  —  Between 1,000 and 1,200 containers of shrimp belonging to at least 50 Indian exporters are currently stuck in Chinese ports. The containers, which each hold around 16 metric tons (MT) of frozen shrimp, are collectively worth INR 12 billion (USD 160.6 million, EUR 136.3 million), The New Indian Express reported on 21 July.
  • Half of the 50 exporters are from Andhra Pradesh, the largest shrimp-producing state in India. Their permissions to export to China were suspended after Chinese authorities said traces of COVID-19 were detected on the packaging containing their shrimp.
  • “It has been nearly two months since our exports have been blocked. They are neither clearing the containers from the ports nor clarifying if we can bring them back,” India Seafood Exporters Association Region President Aluri Indra Kumar said. Kumar said the owners of the containers will suffer heavy losses if the delay in clearance continues.
12/02/2021   aljacobsladder.com