As efforts continue to remove dead fish from regional waterways, officials from Hillsborough County have compiled some pointers from the Florida Department of Health, to help reduce the risks posed by red tide.
Here are those pointers, shared in a news release from Hillsborough County:
- When possible, stay away from water bodies and beaches where red tide or fish killed by the toxic algae is present.
- Don’t touch or swim near dead fish.
- Wear shoes to prevent injuries from stepping on fish carcasses.
- Keep pets away from water, sea spray, and dead fish affected by red tide.
- Don’t harvest or eat shellfish from an affected area.
- People with chronic respiratory problems should avoid a red tide area.
- If breathing difficulties do not subside after leaving a red tide area or going indoors, contact your health care provider.
For more information on the status of red tide in Hillsborough County and how to report fish kills, visit HCFLGov.net/RedTide.
Published July 28, 2021