THE RED TIDE

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  “I’m Back”  — Worst Red Tide In Years  


🐟 Red Tide Overlook  —  Summations  —2021

  • No boating,  no injuries but these tropical storms create wind violence 40-70 mile gusts, tornadoes and enormous amounts of rain and that did not  break up the  Red Tide.  In fact some think it stirred the pot (Some thought it would break up by turbulence and aeration of the rough water,  but it backfired…) 
  • Daily temperatures have been in the high eighties to nineties, and humidity enough you don’t need to shower,  you will be soaked all by yourself.  
  • With rain everyday the soil gets saturated and when the aquifers load up the fertilizer chemicals and only God knows what else people use on their lawns overflow into the ocean.  Instead of the storm breaking the Tide it nourishes it with that great fertilizer.  
  • And then we added a contribution to the dilemma by our dumbass Governor Herr Von De Santis who opened up the         “ RED TIDE Food Bank" by dumping sewage in the bay which added to the problem.  
  • Florida is basically built on a very porous foundation which is why we have sinkholes, underground rivers and aquifers.   And dead fish showing up on our beaches  —  Bulldozers, Ditch Witches, Bobcats scoop up the remains and they have to be trucked to the landfill as they cannot be ground up for fertilizer nor burned.  The problem is the dead fish that wind up on the beaches get filled with sand and cannot be put into the garbage grinders prior to burning as they would destroy the grinder machines. 


05/20/2022 —  Current Statewide Area Conditions  — MINOR! We are Lucky — 

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in three samples from Northwest Florida and two samples from Southwest Florida over the past week. Additional details are provided below.

  • In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations offshore of Manatee and Collier counties. 
  • In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations offshore of Okaloosa County and in Bay County.
  • Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
  • No reports of fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were received over the past week. For more details, please visit: https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.
  • Respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide was not reported in Florida over the past week. For recent and current information at individual beaches, please visit https://visitbeaches.org/ and for forecasts that use FWC and partner data, please visit https://habforecast.gcoos.org/
  • Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas County to northern Monroe County predict variable movement of surface waters and net eastern transport of subsurface waters in most areas over the next 3.5 days.


Piney Point Updates  —  Something Stinks Our .GOV Leadership —  To blame Herr Von Ober-gruppen-führer Desantis, the Governor of Florida,  and a dedicated clone of  T-RUMP,   is very plausible not for the red tide but supporting it.  Hillsborough and Pinellas had issued health warnings.
A patchy bloom suspected to be the reason for fish kills on the Pinellas coast and around Port Manatee showed up two months
after 215 million gallons of nutrient rich wastewater was pumped into the estuary from the site of an old fertilizer plant. Which he gave the OK, neglecting the upgrade of that facility till it failed.

Red Tide is not well-understood. The algae produce toxins that hurt marine life, and they may make people in the area suffer a cough, itchy throat and irritation in their eyes and noses. Blooms are typically more troublesome for those with chronic breathing problems like asthma.

Several research projects are underway in an effort to better understand the causes of blooms and ways to possibly mitigate their effects. 

Effluent flows from a pipe into a drainage ditch at Port Manatee South Gate on April 6, across from the old Piney Point phosphate plant site.   The excess nitrogen dumped into lower Tampa Bay from Piney Point, according to an estimate shared by Sherwood, is similar to pouring about 100,000 bags of fertilizer into the water over several days.

Herr Von Ober-gruppen-führer Desantis did not make the scientists happy, they  expected all the consequences would be immediately obvious. Contaminants from the wastewater, he said, have been pushed by winds, tides and currents through parts of the bay and out along the coast.  They may have been used first by other organisms, but when those die, the nitrogen will get recycled through the ecosystem.


Tampa Bay Lost 13 Percent Of Its Seagrass In Two Years, Study Shows  —  

Seagrasses are a foundational part of the ecosystem because they provide food for animals such as manatees, habitat for nursing fish and natural filtration for the water. The Estuary Program is monitoring seagrass beds near Port Manatee to determine how they respond to the release and any potential algal blooms.

“We’re now in 2021 and potentially setting ourselves up to repeat those sorts of events,” Sherwood said in his presentation Thursday. The 2017-19 bloom caused tons of dead marine life to wash ashore across Florida’s west coast. Pinellas spent at least $7 million to clean up its shores.

People enjoy the water on the beach, most not paying attention to the occasional dead fish washed ashore after reports of Red Tide found in water samples along the Pinellas County coast.  Tampa Bay’s restoration is considered an environmental success that could sputter backward without vigilance. Advocates for decades have restored seagrasses and boosted water quality by pushing to reduce the nutrients dumped into the estuary by people, including in wastewater.

Nature relies on balance, they say, and a human-caused crisis like Piney Point threatens to upset the system.  “This is something that cascades through the environment in the weeks and months ahead,” Sherwood told those gathered Thursday. “We’re still in the throes of the response.”


 RED TIDE QUESTIONS —  Here Are Some Answers By Barbara Kilpatrick

The toxin causes respiratory issues and skin irritation — but can also cause neurological problems and harm dogs, too.  
Red Tide has killed tons of sea life in the Tampa Bay region, but the harmful effects to humans and pets are lesser known.

“We’ve had Red Tide in our waters for hundreds of years,” said Barbara Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observation System, “but as we populate our coastline, more people are being impacted.”   

Scientists know this much about Red Tide: It causes sneezing, coughing and watery eyes in humans. Those with respiratory problems like asthma should stay away.  Covid can become a factor.  Add it up Covid, Red Tide, Asthmatic Problems, the perfect storm.   

Researchers expected an uptick in asthma and bronchitis, but the rise in pneumonia surprised them.  Kirkpatrick said it made them wonder if the toxin was impeding the immune system.She also helped lead a study that followed 125 asthma patients for seven years, finding that exposure to intermittent Red Tide did not worsen their illness over time. 

But she said knowledge of the bloom’s long-term effects on other patient populations is limited.  “There’s a lot we still don’t know,” she said.


Red Tide Suspected As Manatees Deaths Pile Up In Tampa Bay  — These manatee mortalities have met the criteria to be declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) by the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the UME determination. Moving forward, the FWC will continue to coordinate closely with our federal partners, participate in the investigative team, and conduct analyses related to the cause of the UME. Working with these partners, FWC staff will explore both short- and long-term and small- and large-scale response options, including aquatic habitat restoration.

  FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION 
MARINE MAMMAL PATHOBIOLOGY LABORATORY

—  2021 Preliminary Red Tide Manatee Mortalities,  Jan 01 – July 23  —   
Manatees Carcasses Collected Within  the Known Red Tide Bloom Boundary ( West Coast )

Red Tide Positive = 9 Red Tide Suspect = 23 Red Tide Total = 32 



Is Seafood Safe In The Tampa Bay Area During Red Tide —  The Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa has received 27 calls about illnesses linked to Red Tide this year, said medical director Dr. Justin Arnold.  He knows that is an undercount.  “Not everyone calls us when they’re exposed to Red Tide,” Arnold said.
The most immediate and severe reaction to Red Tide exposure tends to come from eating shellfish that feed on infected toxic algae. 

The result is neurotoxic shellfish poisoning,  Arnold said, which can cause symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures. 
Dead fish lie on the sand at Indian Shores Beach on June 10. They were likely killed by Red Tide,  A handful of the calls received by the center this year were from people who didn’t know eating recreationally harvested shellfish during a Red Tide bloom is dangerous,  Arnold said…

 

👺 They said:   Seafood in restaurants and grocery stores is safe because it is caught offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, and the state rigorously monitors and shuts down commercial shellfish beds at the first sign of Red Tide.  
Who is bullshitting who?  And where do you get local shrimp — rare unless you have a friend in the business.
If The Red Tide Doesn’t Make  You Sick, consider the country of origin from some of the imports and their health standards — 


INTERNATIONAL BULLSH*T — China

Sidebar:  I Disagree — When I see shellfish and fish deliveries 6 am at restaurants they are from commercial vendors and distributors who buy world wide and from overseas sources supposedly checked by our inspectors.  

Lets look at Suppliers —  India, Thailand, China, Indonesia, the Pacific Rim — including Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Mongolia — 

Example:   At Least 1,000 Indian Shrimp Containers Stranded In Chinese Ports  —  Between 1,000 and 1,200 containers of shrimp belonging to at least 50 Indian exporters were currently stuck in Chinese ports. The containers, which each hold around 16 metric tons (MT) of frozen shrimp, are collectively worth INR 12 billion (USD 160.6 million, EUR 136.3 million), The New Indian Express reported.

Half of the 50 exporters are from Andhra Pradesh, the largest shrimp-producing state in India. Their permissions to export to China were suspended after Chinese authorities said traces of COVID-19 were detected on the packaging containing their shrimp.

“It has been nearly two months since our exports have been blocked. They are neither clearing the containers from the ports nor clarifying if we can bring them back,” India Seafood Exporters Association Region President Aluri Indra Kumar said. Kumar said the owners of the containers will suffer heavy losses if the delay in clearance continues.

Zhanjiang, a port in China’s Guangdong Province, will temporarily stop receiving cargoes of frozen seafood from Vietnam and 10 other Asian countries due to loading capacity. If COVID shuts ports you can’t unload can’t inspect— 

The decision by Zhanjiang Port Zhanjiang Port Group Co., Ltd will be applied to shipments from Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Mongolia from 20 June to 15 July, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) under Vietnam’s Agriculture Ministry has learnt from Vietnamese trade representatives in Beijing, according to newspaper Nong nghiep Vietnam.

In a separate move, China’s General Administration of Customs has also suspended imports of frozen seafood from six Indian exporters due to alleged detection of the coronavirus on their packaging.  Guangdong officials are trying to contain the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, which was first found in India.  Nine new cases were confirmed. 

Guangdong Health Commission Deputy Head Xu Qingfeng told a press briefing on 11 June that new cases have only been detected in areas currently under lockdown, but he did not rule out the possibility of discovering more cases.

Theoretically inspections   https://www.seafoodsource.com/seafood-handbook.com    They don’t catch everything, If you believe those shrimp and other delicacies in your package were properly inspected,  I wish to sell you the water rights under the Brooklyn Bridge since we know selling the Brooklyn Bridge was a scam and you are smart.  With water rights your money will flow with the tides. The outbound tides.


2022 - SAM'S And Warehouses Sell Locally —  Shrimp Farm Raised In India — 

Large Chains — Super Markets — Promotional Sales In Store Usually do not have local off shore from your bay resources — Better restaurants have deals with local fisherman and get best choice,  a commercial fisherman has his catch sold before he even leaves the dock to fish — most are not interested in being in retail when they could be out on the water —  find a good fish-monger and thats where the good stuff is thats local.   It’s not with the big boys.

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05/24/2022