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Red Tide Kills Nearly a Million Fish in Gulf

Aug. 20, 2012

Texas officials said Friday algae bloom, known as red tide, has killed nearly 1 million fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to reports by local TV channel ABC13, the estimate was made by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department after finishing a flyover Thursday in the Galveston bay.

Tens of thousands of dead fish, mostly menhaden, were washed ashore on Sunday on Galveston, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, and water samples collected Monday confirmed it was the red tide that killed the fish.

Parts of the Galveston Bay have been closed for shellfish harvesting due to the red tide, which can cause respiratory problems.

Last year, a red tide covering most of the Texas Gulf Coast and Galveston Bay forced the closure of oyster beds.

The red tide of low-to-moderate concentrations last year arrived in August and lasted until February, but killed no fish.

Source: Copyright Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 2012

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