GALVESTON, Texas — Low to moderate concentrations of red tide, a neurotoxic algal bloom, found in waters off Galveston might have caused the large fish kill seen on isle beaches during the weekend, an official said Monday.
Hundreds of thousands of dead Gulf menhaden littered Galveston’s West End beaches Saturday and Sunday, prompting officials to initially speculate low dissolved oxygen levels were to blame. Testing has revealed the presence of red tide, officials said.
There were no beach water advisories issued for swimmers, and the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees expected to have all beaches cleaned of dead fish by Wednesday if there were no further fish kills. The park board brought in extra workers to clean Galveston’s 17 beach access points.
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