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Sarasota and Manatee counties take different approaches to red tide fish kills

Local municipalities are taking a variety of approaches toward cleaning up the dead fish and sea life killed by red tide, an effort that some experts could help stem the effects of of the ongoing bloom on local residents, visitors and the businesses they patronize.

Over the past few weeks, a local red tide bloom has killed fish and other marine animals in the Sarasota, Manatee and Tampa Bay region.

During a public forum last week, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Director David Tomasko highlighted the importance of cleaning up dead fish during a red tide.