Small businesses affected by red tide can apply for loan from state

BREAKING: State of emergency declared over Florida's red tide

Lee County, at the center of the outbreak, has received a total of $1.3 million for its cleanup efforts, according to Scott's statement, while tourism agency Visit Florida has been granted $500,000 in an effort to bolster flagging tourism across areas of the state affected by red tide.

The red tide is a collection of microscopic algae that is often red when in high concentrations and it produces toxins than can harm, and sometimes kill, sea life.

"Mote Marine Laboratory is extremely grateful for the rapid emergency response support that the state's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Department of Environmental Protection have provided for our scientists to address urgent needs caused by this Florida red tide event", said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President & CEO of Mote.

Mote Marine Laboratory has received $100,000 from the state to help recover and rescue scores of marine animals affected by Florida's red tide.

This can be fatal, which is why red tides are often associated with fish kills.

Experiments carried out in huge 25,000-gallon tanks succeeded in removing all traces of the algae and its toxins, with the water chemistry reverting to normal within 24 hours, he said.

Part of the reason why the red tide is so prominent this season is because there are some leftover blooms from previous year, Bob Weisberg, a professor of physical oceanography at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, told ABC News.

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Myers in recent days, according to NBC News, in his quest to find any nitrogen-rich substances that might feed the red tide.

"I called on the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to help with the algae & red tide crisis here in Florida", Nelson tweeted. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, these toxic algal blooms happen almost every summer along the Gulf Coast.

For reasons not well understood, strong northerly winds that normally break up a red tide by December failed to materialize last winter, Stumpf said.

The latest bloom coincided with the spawning season for snook, an ecologically important and popular game fish in Florida, Crosby said.

The bloom began back in November, making it the longest bloom in the past decade.

"We will continue taking an aggressive approach by using all available resources to help our local communities", the governor wrote in the state of emergency declaration on August 13.

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