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In September the ban on the use o certain fertilizers was lifted. Prompting immediate use of them to get SW Florida ready for the "winter migration" of people from the North, specially Golf courses.

Within a week I believe, Red Tide was reported to increase and some fish killing was also mentioned.

Last time we went to Bonita, 3 weeks ago, there was no dead fish, but  my wife was getting her usual reaction with cough, burning of the eyes and sneezing. Specially when the wind turned to the SW

Any recent reports or experience in the area. Colder weather should help.

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By the looks of the maps we are in trouble.And  It's not even warm any more !!

Anecdotally, 1st hand experience, is that we are now East of Estero Bay by Coconut point, and Patty is having a significant airway reaction to it.

Despite not bringing the boat or going to the beach or bay restaurants

It really affects my serenity knowing that someone else's interests can interfere with my right to enjoy beauty.

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  But wait there's more! Not Red Tide but that Blue Green algae is now tied to Alzheimer's disease and how it get's into human's! 

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40174659/dolphin-found-dead-in-gulf-from-blue-green-algae-had-signs-of-alzheimers

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Red tide was prevalent from Bull Bay to Stump Pass this weekend. Patchy, but prevalent

 

observed mostly mullet and baitfish dead, caught almost nothing Saturday, 40 redfish on Sunday and all seemed healthy

 

FYI——

 spoke to a commercial mullet fisherman at Eldreds that told me that FWC was saying that all inshore species from the area that were caught alive and been examined,  had parasites that could not be killed with cooking..........

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I am also very upset with having to deal with Red Tide yet again.  Doing some research on the subject leaves me  more confused that no one knows what causes this event. Red tides start off shore,many miles off shore and doesn't seem to correlate with man made pollutants like Blue /green algae and fertilizer.  It seems to be a natural forming event un related to water temps as we can see right now with water temps having become temperate.

It is messing up everyone on the coast and more importantly the fish and mammals who live in it.

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Oh man, this Red Tide is just killing me. We endured 17 months of this stuff in 2018 & 2019. I didn't catch a Redfish in almost 20 months because of this stuff. Suddenly in Oct. this year the Redfish showed up again and we had a blast catching them as well as some big Snook around 40". It was like the good old days were back again. Now we have more Red Tide, don't know how much Englewood can take.

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On 11/22/2019 at 11:24 AM, polliwog said:

I am also very upset with having to deal with Red Tide yet again.  Doing some research on the subject leaves me  more confused that no one knows what causes this event. Red tides start off shore,many miles off shore and doesn't seem to correlate with man made pollutants like Blue /green algae and fertilizer.  It seems to be a natural forming event un related to water temps as we can see right now with water temps having become temperate.

It is messing up everyone on the coast and more importantly the fish and mammals who live in it.

I agree, It is very upsetting!!

Red Tide is natural occurring . It's been happening for ever I guess, but I haven't heard of it lasting as long as this has. 

We Are doing something that is altering the normal balance. Maybe we are "chumming" it in from offshore 😊

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How much has it affected the fish population and how wide spread? The info available is vague, most likely to protect the tourism. Several fishing report sites I visit have very few current reports, one can kind of assume this is bad news? The testing results sort of looks like it might be starting to dissipate,  at least hope so

Full disclosure, going to Charlotte Harbor (which looks like ground zero) for a good bit of Jan, so have a personal interest.

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The guys on the Florida sportsman site say the issue is north of Marco Island.  Below that area seem to be ok.  I will be going south of Goodland this season.  It may be getting crowded unfortunately.

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