Red tide diminishing around Marco Island, county says

A red tide is diminishing around Marco Island after a brief spike a week ago, Collier County reported Friday afternoon.

Red tide is a bloom of microscopic algae that emits a toxin that can kill marine life and cause respiratory irritation in people.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still is tracking an area with elevated chlorophyll levels from Marco Island south to Monroe County. Winds this weekend will be from the east and should help minimize any potential effects at the beaches.

More water samples will be collected Monday for analysis. To report red tide or symptoms or dead fish, call 239-252-2502. For red tide updates, call 239-252-2591.

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