GALVESTON (AP) – Wildlife officials estimate nearly a million fish have been killed in Southeast Texas by the algae bloom known as red tide.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offered the estimate after a flyover Thursday in the Galveston area.READ MORE: Severe Weather Threat For North Texas Tuesday Night, Early Wednesday Morning
Tens of thousands of dead fish began washing up on beaches last weekend. Water samples collected Monday confirmed the red tide at various sites in Galveston Bay.
Wildlife experts Thursday assessed about 20 miles of beach shoreline, including Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston and Surfside. Monitoring continues in areas adjacent to the confirmed red tide outbreak.READ MORE: Some Tenants Say Conditions At Dallas' Highland Hills Apartments Still Unlivable Following Explosion
Parts of Galveston Bay have been closed to shellfish harvesting because of the algae bloom, which can cause respiratory problems.
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