Fishermen find other work, cleaning up dead fish impacted by red tide

Pinellas County

Tons of dead fish, effected by red tide, continue to wash inshore in Pinellas County.

Fishermen cousins Kyle and Sam Joseph have been on the water to help with the clean up. 

“It’s just tons of it, man,” said Sam.

They’ve been working for weeks, pulling 12 hour shifts.

“We’re going on day 16 now and doesn’t look like we’re slowing down,” said Kyle.

Captain Dan Condron, with Lil Mo Marines Services, said fish continue to wash inshore, days after Hurricane Michael passed Tampa Bay.

“Sheepshead, snooks, flounder, pin fish, all the inshore species were pretty much bad,” he said.

Crews are focused on the Intracoastal waterway, residential canals and bay waters.

Onshore winds brought fish kills to St. Pete Beach and Pass-A-Grille Tuesday morning.

“The wind pushes it against the dock line and it’ll be a big ole cluster,” said Condron.

He said he wants to get his crew back on the water doing what they love.

“I run a handful of other people’s boats for fishing charters. Half of my fleet over here, he’s a fishing charter guy, couple other guys so from there, just happy to get everybody back to work,” said Condron.

Pinellas County conducted water quality testing on Monday and found overall declining concentrations of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism.

However, high concentrations were found at Treasure Island, Gulfport Fishing Pier, Fort De Soto Park bayside and Keegan Clair Park.

Several samples were collected from the Intracoastal Waterway near areas of large fish kills, and the results were extremely high. 

Through last Saturday, the county had removed and disposed of 1,179 tons of red tide-related debris.

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