Effects of algal blooms on local fisherman

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Red tide and blue-green algae are two different types of algal blooms affecting both fresh and saltwater quality in Southwest Florida.

4 in Your Corner met with Captain Neil Douglass, a charter fishing captain for 28 years, to explain how algae is affecting fisherman like him.

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"Eventually, it's going to slow our business down because people are going to stop coming to this area," Douglass said.

He said in the last few years, he also hasn't been able to catch as much as he used to. He tells 4 in Your Corner he needs something to be done about the water quality and algae issue.

"This could shut down the fishing industry. This could ruin our wonderful, natural resource that we have in this area and it's very disheartening," he said, tearing up.

According to Dr. Barron with The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), both algal blooms could contain different toxins. Green algae contains a neurotoxin and a liver toxin that could give animals some trouble.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says the Florida red tide organism, Karenia Brevis produces brevetoxins capable of killing fish, birds, and other marine animals. For more details, click here.

Captain Neil works with beginners and experienced anglers through Always Fun Charters. He can be reached at (239)-671-7629.

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