Drone video shows red tide impacts on marine life in Destin harbor


DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) – The luckiest fishing village isn’t having much luck with fish this week. Drone footage sent to WKRG News 5 shows dead fish floating in the harbor.

The Okaloosa County Health Department issued a red tide warning on area beaches on Tuesday. Okaloosa County has shown low to high levels of the K. Brevis bacteria in 6 locations, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). K. Brevis is an organism that contributes to the proliferation of red tide algae.

Tourists and residents alike say they have been feeling the effects of the algae bloom for about a week.

The Florida Health Department added the Navarre Beach pier to the health notice on Thursday.

Low levels of red tide were detected during a sampling carried out from the pier at Navarre beach. Protect your family and pets by staying away from affected areas until the flowers move further offshore or disappear.

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

The red tide kills marine life by dropping oxygen levels in the water. When the bacteria are inhaled, they can cause temporary breathing problems like coughing and sneezing in humans and animals.

Suspected red tide fish mortalities have been reported on the Florida Gulf Coast in Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Dixie, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties during last week.


The Coastal Resources Division will take new samples on Thursday which will be sent for further testing. The results are expected on Friday.

You can see the red tide map here.

The results of the tests carried out on October 25 show a high level of algae in Destin. Other areas of the region had average levels of algae.

FWC says they predict the bloom will shift to the eastern part of the region over the next three days. A forecast map from the University of South Florida shows flowering tracking along the coastline to Walton County through Halloween.

The beaches at Fort Walton Beach do not show high levels of algae.


The Okaloosa County Health Department issued more health advisories for Fort Walton Beach Garnier Park, Shalimar’s Poquito Park and Destin’s James Lee Park on Thursday. The water samples showed higher concentrations of enterococcal bacteria or fecal pollution.

Health officials say people should avoid swimming or bathing in these waters.

If you see dead fish in the area, you may report it here, or call 800-636-0511.


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