Florida is no stranger to weird things happening inside and along the coasts. This time an odd occurrence has raised a lot of concern with those closest to our sunny beaches. Red tide has been in the news frequently as the toxic killer of many types of marine life, their carcasses littering the shores of beaches along the Gulf Coast.
Red tide is a harmful algae bloom, and it's basically an overabundance of algae that lets out toxins. These toxins kill many types of fish and make shellfish inedible. This causes enormous problems for Florida's fishers as they can't obtain any of their catches during red tide.
The actual cause for a red tide has been stated as the effect of nutrients being pushed up from the sea floor during storms. Although this is a naturally occurring thing, lately it has been realized that humans play a hand in accelerating these effects. The most prominent example of this being the red tide crisis that happened earlier this year along the Gulf Coast. The more nutrients pushed to the surface, the more algae. And the red means lousy news; it's toxic to animals and humans alike.
Besides the loss of jobs for Florida's fishers and shrimpers, the state has seen a decline in the state economy due to fewer people visiting and enjoying these once beautiful beaches. Local businesses and restaurants are suffering thanks to the accelerated and advanced effects of this harmful algae bloom.
There is no known cure for red tide, as stated before it is a natural occurrence. Scientists are working on understanding this type of algae and when/where it blooms as to give those living near the outbreaks enough time to prepare.