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Dead fish turn up on Honeymoon Island

Published Sep. 2, 2014

DUNEDIN — About 100 dead fish have turned up on the north end of Honeymoon Island State Park since Friday morning.

They were likely carried to the beach by wind and water from a red tide bloom between 10 and 20 miles off the Gulf Coast, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Brandon Basino.

The dead fish are not a sign the red tide has moved on or near shore, Basino said.

Assistant park ranger Michael Lang said the park is telling visitors about the fish, leading some to turn around at the gate.

Mote Marine Laboratory has also noted dead fish at Caladesi Island State Park. Beachgoers can report dead fish sightings to FWC's Fish Kill Hotline at 1-(800) 636-0511.

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