Red Tide

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Red Tide IN st. pete

About Red Tide

Red tide is a discoloration of a waterbody surface that occurs when colonies of algae grow out of control. Red tide blooms occur nearly every summer on Florida’s Gulf Coast and the most notable impacts are fish kills and unpleasant odors. Fish kills are large groups of dead marine life which wind and tide conditions condense into a common area resulting in unpleasant odors along waterfronts or areas near impacted waterbodies. Additionally, red tide itself produces a distinguishable odor, burning eyes and nose or throat irritation in areas adjacent to or near waterbodies that are experiencing a bloom.

Fish kill cleanup response can be found in the map below. 

Fish Cleanup Response Map

The current red tide status in and around the St. Pete area can be found on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission’s (FWC) Red Tide Status Map below. 

Red Tide Current Status Map

More information can be found at:

How You Can Help

During Active Red Tide Events

The City of St. Petersburg encourages residents and visitors to report marine life washed up on the shore. 

Fish Kills: Notify the City through the See Click Fix app or at stpete.org/action_center for the quickest response.
Non-Fish Kills (manatees, dolphins, mammals, etc.): Notify the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission through the FWC app or by calling 888-404-3922.

Citizens who wish to collect dead fish from their private property can double bag the fish and dispose in their regular trash bin.

Year-Round

Algae blooms, like red tide, are made worse by nutrient pollution. Help minimize the effects of red tide by preventing nutrients from reaching our local waterways all year long.

  • Properly dispose of yard waste - gather yard waste and put in your compost or bag it and dispose of in the trash, or take it to one of the city's brush sites.
  • Adhere to St. Pete's yearly fertilizer ban that runs June 1 to September 30. More here.
  • Only use your sprinklers when necessary and never when it’s raining.
  • Always pick up your dog's waste. More here.
  • Wash your car at a commercial car wash or over grass/gravel if you must wash it at home.