FWC waives rules to help red tide cleanup effort
Zach Lowie Aug 8, 2018 0
TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is trying to help with the red tide problem across Southwest Florida.
Cleanup rules are being waived for the removal of dead fish from areas in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
The change will speed up the removal of dead fish - regardless of bag, size, or possession limits or of season or area closures - from shoreline, inshore or nearshore areas.
Report sick, injured or dead marine turtles, manatees, dolphins and whales to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922. FWC currently has over 30 biologists on site responding to red tide reports.
The Florida Department of Health suggests using gloves and, if experiencing respiratory issues, a mask, when participating in removal efforts.
Last Updated: Sunday, February 04, 2018
BRADENTON, Fla. --
"(AP) A report says 35 manatees across Florida have died as a result of cold stress syndrome in January.
The Bradenton Herald report s the deaths between Jan. 1 and Jan. 26 were tallied in a preliminary report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The commission says that was five times as many deaths compared to the same period in 2017. But it doesn't come close to the 151 manatees that died during a cold snap in January 2010.
Cold stress syndrome can occur when the marine mammals encounter water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius) for a prolonged period. Manatees experience hypothermia, their organs start to shut down and their skin begins to slough off.
Wildlife officials said another 10 manatees died statewide last month because of boat collisions."
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