Red Tide arrives in Pinellas, killing hundreds of thousands of fish

The Extinction Chronicles

Fish kill, Red Tide, in the Intracoastal off the Pinellas County shoreline, Saturday. [Kelli Levy, Pinellas County’s director of environmental management]

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County environmental officials have reported hundreds of thousands of dead fish on and off the coast of area beaches stretching more than 20 miles from Clearwater to St. Petersburg, confirming that Red Tide has reached the Tampa Bay area.

The first report of fish kills came from the city of Clearwater on Friday, said Kelli Levy, Pinellas’ director of environmental management. Around noon Saturday, the city of St. Petersburg reported “hundreds of thousands” more.

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Madeira Beach, Redington Beach and Treasure Island have also been affected, she said. Levy could not provide an overall…

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