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Crews to remove 'thousands of dead fish' from North Hutchinson Island beaches Wednesday

Posted at 5:49 AM, Oct 24, 2018

Crews will be busy Wednesday morning cleaning up a large amount of dead fish along beaches in St Lucie County as a result of red tide. 

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According to a news release from St. Lucie County, crews with AshBritt Environmental group will be near Pepper Park Beach in North Hutchinson Island to start picking up "thousands of dead fish" that have washed up. 

The county said crews will properly dispose of the marine life and be cautious not to disturb any sea turtle nests along the shoreline. 

County officials said a portion of the island remains closed and they are still collecting water samples twice a week from eight different locations on Hutchinson Island. Those samples are sent to the the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for testing. 

Although results have shown low to moderate concentrations of red tide, the county is advising residents and tourists to be cautious until the blooms move further offshore. 

St. Lucie County is providing daily updates on the beach conditions available on their beach hot line avaiable by calling 772-462-1421.