More than 2.7 million pounds of dead fish removed from Florida beaches, so far
Dead fish floating in Matanzas Pass and Hurricane Pass off of Fort Myers Beach, dolphins seen nearby. The News-Press
Lee County workers and contractors so far this month have pulled more than 2.7 million pounds of dead fish and sea creatures from local beaches.
That's nearly as much stone crab as was collected across the state in 2015, according to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Areas cleaned up include Boca Grande, Sanibel Causeway islands, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach county parks, Captiva, Upper Captiva and St. James City, according to Lee County records.
The numbers do not include Sanibel or Fort Myers Beach and parts of Captiva.
About 535,000 pounds of fish have been collected on Sanibel through Aug. 8, according to the city manager's office.
The massive fish kill is from a particularly strong red tide that's been in the Lee County area since October.
Hundreds of sea turtles, manatees and dolphins and a whale shark have been recovered in Lee since June.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and state Sen. Joe Negron tour algae affected areas of the St. Lucie River on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Stuart. Treasure Coast Newspapers