Concern growing over red tide

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

The confirmed red tide in Galveston raised concern for the Laguna Madre area this week.

County Marine Extension Agent Tony Reisinger said the red tide will have no immediate effect on the Laguna Madre Area. He said it is hard to determine when red tide will bloom.

Reisinger said red tide is a Single Cell Dinoflagellate. It is a neurotoxin that kills fish by paralyzing them. He said red tide affects pets because it causes problems with their respiratory system.

Red tide blooms late during the summer season or early fall, it has bloomed in the Laguna Madre area in the past few years, Reisinger said. It can last a few weeks and up to months.

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