CBS 11 Header TXA 21 Header MeTV Header KRLD Header The Fan Header
CBS DFW WEATHER APP: iPhone App Store | Android App Coming Soon | More Information

News

Red Tide Kills 3 Million Fish On Texas Coast

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND (AP) — Experts say the algae bloom known as red tide has killed about 3 million fish along the Texas coast since early September.

A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department marine biologist on Friday said the number of fish that died is average for a red tide outbreak. Meredith Byrd also told The Associated Press that the last red tide for Texas, from October 2009 through mid-February 2010, killed about 5.5 million fish.

Officials say that Texas drought conditions, limiting how much fresh water flows into bays, are fueling the latest red tide outbreak. The algae thrive in warm, salty water.

Red tide can cause respiratory problems in humans.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

View Comments