GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — The Alabama Department of Health says that red tide has been detected in water samples taken near Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. ADPH says water samples taken from Alabama Point to Little Lagoon Pass showed the presence of red tide cells in the “low to medium range.”
Officials with ADPH warn people with respiratory issues or any throat, nose, or eye irritation to avoid any mist from the water.
Red tide has caused many issues for Florida’s coast over the summer, with large-scale fish kills and noxious odors taking over beaches from Miami all the way to Pensacola Beach.
According to NOAA, red tide happens when colonies of algae grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on animals, people and fish.
The National Ocean Service says Red Tide costs Florida about 82 million each year in losses to the seafood, restaurant and tourism industries.