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Fish concerns over Lake O algae

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Posted at 7:13 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 19:34:41-04

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As more algae grow in Lake Okeechobee, concerns are being raised about eating fish from the lake.

This week Audubon scientists raised those concerns to TC Palm now that higher toxin levels are being detected in the center of the lake.

"There's nothing wrong with the fish,” says fishing guide Dave Lauer, who is out on lake every day in Belle Glade.

“I don’t see it being a health issue but again I’m not a chemist I’ve never taken it and dissected it and tested but it t tastes good and it looks good,” Lauer says.

Earlier this week a state task force started work on studying the blue-green algae.

So far this spring, lake levels have been kept low to try and limit water releases and limit algae traveling towards the Treasure Coast.