Red tide woes continue in Fort Pierce
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CBS12) —
Dead fish continue to wash up along the Treasure Coast shores because of red tide.
Beaches across Indian River and St. Lucie Counties are still closed.
You can usually find Cole Heiserman by the water.
Whether it’s fishing or sailing.
But now the water is his biggest worry.
“The past month I haven’t been able to even go out on my boat because I’m so worried about the red tide,” says Heiserman.
The red tide has made fishing almost impossible.
“It’s definitely some very toxic stuff,” says Heiserman.
The Department of Emergency Services agrees, saying shellfish shouldn’t be eaten until red tide clears and make sure you eat any fish from the southeastern coast with caution.
“ As you walk further in you get a whiff of the dead fish,” says Heiserman.
The algae Karenia Brevis is responsible for red tide.
When it dies, it produces toxins that contaminate the water.
Those toxins aren’t only harmful to sea creatures.
Rough surf causes those same toxins to release in the air.
Causing the “red tide trio”--- coughing, watery eyes, and itchy throats.
“The government needs to do something about what’s causing this red tide,” says Heiserman.
Experts say to not touch the dead fish or swim if you see them nearby.
The same goes for pets.
St. Lucie County has hired a private contractor to help with the dead fish cleanup.