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PINS, TPWD monitoring red tide levels in area waters

Posted at 12:23 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 13:40:35-04

The Padre Island National Seashore says current conditions in the Gulf of Mexico are speeding up the return of red tide to the Texas Coast.

According to PINS, red tide levels in the area have reached the point that it may begin to negatively impact park visitors.

PINS says it has been monitoring red tide levels in the park since it first appeared in Port Aransas, and although the park itself will not close, elevated levels may lead to beach closures.

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Posted by Padre Island National Seashore on Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department investigated a fish kill in Packery Basin on Sept. 12 and reports water samples collected in the area identified a localized  red tide bloom.

TPWD says samples were also collected at Bob Hall Pier and Mustang Island State Park, and although no red tide cells were detected at those sites, a slight aerosol irritation was observed.