THE RED TIDE AND TAMPA BAY

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Red Tide Looking Back Over —2021-2022

No severe boating,  no injuries but these tropical storms Florida is known for create wind violence 40-70 mile gusts, tornadoes and enormous amounts of rain. Some scientist thought it could 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 just running around the block.   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.  Especially golf courses with large ponds — 

And then we added a contribution to the dilemma by our dumbass Governor Herr De Santis who opened up the  
“ RED TIDE Food Bank" by dumping sewage in the bay which added to the problem.  he dumped millions of gallons of rich growth hormones to the RED Tide for votes — 

The Ignorant Governor of the Year, a T-RUMP trained and a bonified excess dripping sperm moron paid no attention to the fact 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  —  the ocean is not our garbage dump — the answer to suvival on the earth will be sustainable and reusable products and resources — 

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 the sand would destroy the grinder machines.  Put a cup of sugar, sand or any abrasive solids in your gas tank and you won’t have an engine, same thing. 


 😀  07/18/2022 —  RED TIDE   CURRENT CONDITIONS — GREEN LIGHT

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Current Conditions
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in one sample offshore of Florida’s East Coast over the past week. Additional details are provided below.

  • In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. 
  • In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
  • Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations offshore of St. Johns County. 

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/.


RED TIDE STINKS — Piney Point Updates —  So Does Our .GOV Leadership —  
THE TRUTH WE SHALL SEEK  —  and place part of the horrific RED Tide blame that accelerated we had on Herr Von Ober-gruppen-führer Desantis, the Governor of Florida.   Our governor, a clone from the T-RUMP sperm bank as far as Conservation goes, scores  negative points  and  is very dangerous in almost anything he touches.  A man of the people — NO — A man in playing politics and graft  — YES —   Hillsborough and Pinellas had issued health warnings about the tide this year, it seemed to linger longer and more intense.

HIS MOST STUPID ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION —  On a score sheet of from one to ten Herr Desantis — like T-RUMP does not care about the environment — all he cares about are votes —  Both he and T-Rump are in the Fourth Reich league of the GOP party.  

The 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 ( just call it toilet water) was pumped into the estuary from the site of an old fertilizer plant. 

Herr DeSantis gave the OK for the dump — neglecting the upgrade of that facility till it failed.  Thats like giving a druggie a double dose of crack cocaine.   The plant was ignored,  and never upgraded so it failed .

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 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.


WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT WE DON’T KNOW  --

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.  The 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. 


ANOTHER ISSUE IS TAMPA BAY SEAGRASS —  

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 - 2022 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 — AND MANATEES

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, 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.   

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 On the  West Coast

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

  

IS SEAFOOD SAFE 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,” the scientist 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. 

They said:   Seafood in restaurants and grocery stores is potentially 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. 

 

INTERNATIONAL BULLSH*T — CHINA AND INDIA — ONE ITEM SHRIMP —  Where do you get local shrimp?  —  Few places have live shrimp unless you have a friend in the shrimping business.  Most shrimp you see in restaurants are not the local variety just caught and alive when brought to the dock — It doesn’t work that way — Locally caught premium  fresh caught Florida shrimp has higher class customers before the boat leaves the dock .  Better restaurants etc all have their suppliers —   the cheapie places all have frozen cooked to order — 

If the  RED TIDE   doesn’t make  you sick, consider the country of origin from some of the imports and their health standards —  and if you need more enlightenment go to my food section on this website  and really see why food is the third part of my perfecta of truth about politics, theologians and Food CEO’S.

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.  And quite frozen —  Many are sent to China frozen and repackaged for the American Market — 

Lets look at Suppliers —  India, Thailand, China, Indonesia, the Pacific Rim — including Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Mongolia —  India being prime which means basically your shrimp is dead,  frozen solid and shipped by boat to the US and that can take weeks.  

Thus the word “ Fresh shrimp is Bullsh*t” and not what I buy.  I have shrimp-mongers, an acronym based on fish-mongers and get “ Real Fresh Shrimp” —   Considerable difference.   Our true Asian market here carries live shrimp when available and then you know it’s fresh. That was before COVID.

Fresh means the shrimp or fish winked at you !


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.

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.

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2022 - SAM'S AND WAREHOUSES SELL LOCALLY —  BUT BUY INTERNATIONALLY  —   SHRIMP FARM RAISED IN INDIA — 

Again 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 shrimpers are not interested in being in retail when they could be out on the water —  find a good local fish-monger and thats where the good stuff is thats local.   It’s not with the big boys.

SAM’S - WAL-MART and others do not have facilities to sell live shrimp.  Surprise,  your fishing bait seller does — Thus you get frozen 9-15% of which in weight is or can be additional frozen water —  Food for people is sold by the pound,  food to catch fish with is alive and by the piece. Selling live bait to bait stores is more profitable than selling to a grocer — 

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