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Current Status

Status updates will be posted here as they become available. Updates are also available through Facebook on the Coastal Fisheries and Harmful Algal Bloom Research and Education pages, or by phone at 1-800-792-1112 (select 'fishing' and then 'red tide'.) For more information regarding fishing, swimming and going to the beach during a red tide event check out our FAQ page.

September 26, 2016

Upper Coast (Galveston Bay and Sabine Lake): No reports of red tide.

Golden Crescent (Matagorda Bay and San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide.

Coastal Bend Area (Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre): No reports of red tide within the bays.

Along the Gulf of Mexico in Padre Island National Seashore (PINS): Water samples collected by PINS staff indicate cell concentrations ranging from low to high. The highest concentrations were observed from the 60 mile marker south to Mansfield Pass. There was also a small fish kill found in this area. For more detailed information about its current conditions, please contact PINS directly.

Rio Grande Valley Area (Lower Laguna Madre): Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate low to high cell concentrations of red tide. The highest concentrations are observed in and near the Brazos Santiago Pass and along Port Isabel near the Queen Isabella Causeway. Respiratory irritation has been reported in South Padre Island.

September 23, 2016

Rio Grande Valley (including the Lower Laguna Madre): Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate medium to high cell concentrations of red tide. The highest cell concentrations were observed near the Brazos Santiago Pass. Only slight respiratory irritations are being observed at this time.

TPWD conducted a rapid assessment and observed a fish kill along Barracuda Cove that extends 1 mile west to the Brownsville Ship Channel. Fish killed include trout, flounder, pigfish, croaker, gafftop catfish and other species. Another fish kill was observed along the shoreline of Port Isabel turning basin and Long Island that extended to areas close to the swing bridge. Fish killed include gulf menhaden and croaker.

No other areas of the Texas coast are reporting red tide.

September 21, 2016

Upper Coast (Galveston Bay and Sabine Lake): No reports of red tide.

Golden Crescent (Matagorda Bay and San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide.

Coastal Bend Area (Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre): No reports of red tide within the bays.

Along the Gulf of Mexico in Padre Island National Seashore (PINS): Water samples collected by PINS staff continue to show low cell concentrations of red tide. For more detailed information about current conditions, please contact PINS directly.

Rio Grande Valley Area (Lower Laguna Madre): Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate low to high cell concentrations of red tide. The highest concentrations are observed in the Brownsville Ship Channel. A small fish kills continue to be reported in the Lower Laguna Madre between the Queen Isabella Causeway, the Brownsville Ship Channel and the Brazos Santiago Pass.

September 19, 2016

Upper Coast (Galveston Bay and Sabine Lake): No reports of red tide.

Golden Crescent (Matagorda Bay and San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide.

Coastal Bend Area (Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre): No reports of red tide within the bays.

Along the Gulf of Mexico in Padre Island National Seashore (PINS): Water samples collected by PINS staff showed low cell concentrations of red tide. For more detailed information about current conditions, please contact PINS directly.

Rio Grande Valley Area (Lower Laguna Madre): Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate low cell concentrations of red tide. The water samples were collected along the Port Isabel and South Padre Island shoreline near the Queen Isabella Causeway. However, streaks of discolored water were observed just north of the causeway. No reports of aerosols along the beach in South Padre Island.

September 16, 2016

Upper Coast (Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, Matagorda Bay, San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide.
Golden Crescent (Matagorda Bay and San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide.

Coastal Bend Area (Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre): No reports of red tide in Aransas Bay or Corpus Christi Bay. Water samples collected by PINS staff indicate very low cell concentrations of red tide at Bird Island Basin in the Upper Laguna Madre.
Padre Island National Seashore (PINS): Water samples collected by PINS staff showed low to moderate cell concentrations of red tide. With cell concentrations decreasing over the week. Mile marker 30 indicated low concentrations. For more detailed information about current conditions, please contact PINS directly.
Rio Grande Valley Area (Lower Laguna Madre): Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate;
- low to high concentrations of red tide along the beach front from Beach Access 6 to the Brazos Santiago jetties;
- Brazos Santiago Pass has the highest concentrations and;
- high cell concentrations are still being seen at the Isla Blanca Park boat ramp.
There have been reports of respiratory irritation near these sampling areas in the Rio Grande Valley, especially near the Isla Blanca boat ramp.

September 12, 2016

Upper Coast (Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, Matagorda Bay, San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide. Report of a fish kill observed along Bolivar Peninsula was determined not to be red tide related.

Golden Crescent Area (Matagorda Bay and San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide. A fish kill near the mouth of the Colorado River is currently being investigated by TPWD.

Coastal Bend Area (Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre): No reports of red tide.

Padre Island National Seashore: Water samples collected at the Malaquite Beach Visitor Center indicate moderate cell concentrations and some respiratory irritation. For more detailed information about current conditions, please contact Padre Island National Seashore directly.

Rio Grande Valley Area (Lower Laguna Madre): Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate:

There have been reports of respiratory irritation near these sampling areas in the Rio Grande Valley, especially near the Isla Blanca boat ramp. A fish kill at Boca Chica beach is currently being investigated by TPWD.

September 9, 2016

Red tide continues to be found along the southern Texas coast. See regional updates below.

When water samples are taken for analysis its densities are given the following designations:

Upper Coast (Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, Matagorda Bay, San Antonio Bay): No reports of red tide cells in water samples.

Padre Island National Seashore: Water samples collected by their staff at the Malaquite Beach Visitor Center indicate moderate cell concentrations and some respiratory irritation.

Bob Hall Pier: Water samples indicate low concentrations and no respiratory irritation.

Coastal Bend Area (Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Lower Laguna Madre): No reports of red tide.

Rio Grande Valley Area (Upper Laguna Madre): Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate:

Only slight throat irritation has been reported near these sampling areas in the Rio Grande Valley.

September 7, 2016

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working with other agencies to monitor a red tide event along the southern Texas coast. On August 24, the Image Flow Cytobot located at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas alerted responders to the possible presence of Karenia brevis, a microscopic algae more commonly known as red tide. Water samples were collected at Bob Hall Pier (North Padre Island) by staff at the Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and by the Coastal Studies Lab in South Padre Island at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. These samples confirmed very low cell densities of K. brevis. They reported no fish kills or respiratory irritation.

On September 6, 2016, Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) received reports of a possible fish kill and some respiratory irritation. An investigation conducted by PINS staff indicated a very small fish kill was associated with moderate cell densities of K. brevis from the 0 mile marker to the 25 mile marker. Currently, the fish kill appears to be in small numbers and the extent is localized along this part of the Barrier Island. PINS staff is also reporting mild respiratory irritation in that area. TPWD will continue monitoring all Texas bay systems and testing for the presence of red tide.

November 23, 2015

Reports of red tide and/or fish kills continue to dissipate in the Gulf of Mexico. Discolored water associated with red tide was reported in Corpus Christi Bay but there were no reports of aerosols or dead fish. No other reports of red tide or dead fish have been received along the coast.

As of November 4, the TPWD partner organization, the Red Tide Rangers, reported no red tide cells in water samples from South Padre Island beaches.

November 16, 2015

An overflight was conducted by TPWD staff on November 13. The flight survey included the Gulf of Mexico from Cedar Bayou south to Boca Chica. Bay systems surveyed include Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, and the Upper and Lower Laguna Madre.

During the aerial survey, red tide was observed from the northern boundary of Padre Island National Seashore, south to Boca Chica Beach. The bloom from the northern boundary was very patchy and increased to heavy streaking south at the 30 mile marker. A continuous bloom was observed from the 30 mile marker south to Mansfield Pass. Mansfield Pass south to South Padre Island was also patchy and the greatest densities were seen near the city of South Padre Island in Brazos Santiago Pass. A patchy bloom was also observed around Boca Chica Beach.

Red tide blooms were observed in Corpus Christi Bay and the Lower Laguna Madre. In Corpus Christi Bay, a continuous bloom was observed offshore of Indian Point, North Beach and Cole Park. Another continuous bloom was observed just west of the confluence between La Quinta Channel and Corpus Christi Channel. Currently, the only reported fish kills (or reports of distressed fish) are in Espiritu Santo Bay and Corpus Christi Bay.

Streaking was observed just south of Pelican Island and offshore of Laguna Heights in the Lower Laguna Madre.

November 6, 2015

Matagorda Bay area: Water samples collected by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) identified high concentrations of red tide cells near the Port O’Connor jetties. Distressed filter feeding fish were also reported near the jetties on the Matagorda Peninsula and Fisherman’s Cut near Port O’Conner.

Aransas Bay area: The TAMU Image Flow Cytobot at the UTMSI Pier in Port Aransas continues to report very low to low cell concentrations of red tide.

San Antonio Bay area: Water samples collected by TDSHS in San Antonio Bay indicate high concentrations of red tide offshore of Twin Lakes and moderate cell concentrations near south pass.

Corpus Christi Bay area: Streaking continues to be observed along the southern section of Corpus Christi Bay along the Corpus Christi bay front. Water samples by TDSHS continue to indicate high concentrations along the south eastern side of Corpus Christ Bay between the mouth of Oso Bay and Shamrock Island. Water samples collected along the Corpus Christi Channel near Port Aransas indicate only moderate to low cell concentrations of red tide. Also, a fish kill was observed in southeastern section of Corpus Christi Bay in an area between the mouth of Oso Bay and Shamrock Island.

Padre Island National Seashore (PINS): Water samples collected by PINS staff indicate low to moderate cell concentrations of red tide with the highest concentrations at the 45 and 60 mile marker. Water samples were also collected at Bird Island Basin and indicate very low concentrations of red tide.

South Padre Island area: Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers along the beach of South Padre Island and in the Brazos Santiago Pass indicate background concentrations of red tide with no reports of respiratory irritation.

November 2, 2015

Port Aransas area: The TAMU Image Flow Cytobot at the UTMSI Pier in Port Aransas continues to report very low to low concentrations of red tide. Water samples collected last week by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) indicated low concentrations of red tide in northern Aransas Bay.

Corpus Christi Bay area: Water samples collected by TDSHS in Corpus Christi Bay indicated high concentrations of red tide along the south eastern side of Corpus Christ Bay and around Corpus Christi Channel near the intersection of the ICWW; moderate to low concentrations along the Corpus Christi Channel near Port Aransas; and low concentrations in Packery Channel. Reports of discolored water in the surf zone were also observed from North Packery Channel south to Bob Hall Pier.

South Padre Island area: Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicated low concentrations of red tide along the beach of South Padre Island and around the Brazos Santiago Pass.

October 29, 2015

TPWD staff conducted an overflight along the Gulf Coast from Galveston to Pass Cavallo and Matagorda Bay. No red tide bloom or dead fish were observed.

Sabine Lake area: There is no indication of red tide in this area with no observations of red tide aerosols, dead or distressed fish, and no indication of discolored water.

Galveston Bay area: There is no indication of red tide in this area with no observations of red tide aerosols, dead or distressed fish, and no indication of discolored water.

Aransas Bay area: TAMU Image Flow Cytobot at the UTMSI Pier in Port Aransas reported red tide cell maintaining low to very low concentrations. TPWD staff observed distressed gulf menhaden and a slight discoloration to the water approximately 3 miles east by northeast of the Port Aransas jetties.

Corpus Christi Bay area: Streaking continues to be observed along the southern section of Corpus Christi Bay along the bay front. Earlier in the week, dead fish were observed along the bay front as well. Staff also observed discolored water along the Nueces Causeway and while conducting routine monitoring sampling they observed discolored water near the Ingleside area. TPWD staff in the Port O’Connor area observed no indication of red tide.

Padre Island National Seashore (PINS): Water samples collected by the PINS staff contained very low to moderate cell concentrations of red tide with the very low concentrations being found at Bird Island Basin.

San Antonio Bay area: Water samples collected by the Texas Department of State Health Services in San Antonio Bay area indicated high cell concentrations of red tide in Espiritu Santo Bay, approximately half a mile west of dogleg in Army Channel. Staff also observed distressed gulf menhaden in the water.

South Padre Island area: TPWD staff out of the South Padre Island area observed no indication of red tide aerosols, dead or distressed fish and no indication of water discoloration. However, the water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers along the beach of South Padre Island indicate low to moderate cell concentrations of red tide. Moderate cell concentrations were found around the Brazos Santiago Pass and low cell concentrations were found north of the Queen Isabella Causeway. There was a report of a gulf menhaden fish kill observed near the swing bridge in Port Isabel.

October 26, 2015

October 23, 2015

Upper Coast (Galveston Bay, East Matagorda Bay, Matagorda Bay): The Image Flow Cytobot at Texas A&M Galveston continues to show background concentrations of red tide near Pelican Island (Galveston).

Mid Coast (San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre):

Padre Island National Seashore (PINS): Water samples collected ranged between low and very low. Due to unseasonably high tides, PINS staff was only able to get to the 15 mile marker. Sampling sites included the 7.5 miles from the 0 mile marker, the 0 mile marker, and the northern boundary. Water samples collected at Bird Island Basin showed only background concentrations of red tide.

South Padre Island: Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers indicate low to moderate cell concentrations at the Brazos Santiago Pass and background to moderate cell concentrations from the Queen Isabella Causeway north to the South Padre Island Convention Center area. Staff only observed light aerosols at the end of the week.

October 19, 2015

Galveston Bay Area: The Image Flow Cytobot at Texas A&M Galveston continues to show background concentrations of red tide near Pelican Island (Galveston). Water samples collected by TPWD staff between the Brazos and San Bernard rivers showed background concentrations of red tide.

Mid Coast (San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre):

South Padre Island Area:

October 16, 2015

Galveston Bay Area: The Image Flow Cytobot at Texas A&M Galveston continues to show background concentrations of red tide near Pelican Island (Galveston). Water samples collected by Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in the Galveston Bay area indicate background concentrations of red tide with no reports of respiratory irritations.

East Matagorda/Matagorda Bay Area: Water samples collected by TDSHS indicate low concentrations of red tide cells in Matagorda Bay near the mouth of Carancahua Bay, moderate concentrations in Matagorda Bay around the Little Jetties of Port O’Connor and high concentrations in Matagorda Bay near Channel Marker 42.

Mid Coast (San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Upper Laguna Madre):

Padre Island National Seashore: Water samples collected along the Padre National Seashore indicate high concentrations of red tide from mile marker 0 to mile marker 45 with low concentrations near mile marker 60.

South Padre Island Area: Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers along the beach of South Padre Island indicate low to high concentrations of red tide. Water samples from the Brazos Santiago Pass area indicate high concentrations of red tide and only low to background cell concentrations of red tide from Queen Isabella Causeway north to the South Padre Island Convention Center. Conditions in this area continue to change fairly rapidly by the day.

October 12, 2015

TPWD continues to investigate the fish kills reported near Freeport and in the Matagorda Bay area for the presence of red tide.

This weekend, TPWD staff received a report of several small, dead fish in the Pelican Cove Canal at Aransas Pass in San Patricio County. Fish kills also continued to be observed along the bay front of Corpus Christi with another fish kill being observed along the east side of Oso Bay.

At the end of last week, South Padre Island reported maintaining high cell concentrations of red tide along the gulf shore beaches. However, as of October 12th at least one sampling site near the UTRGV – Coastal Studies Lab reported much lower cell concentrations of red tide in water samples along with no respiratory irritations. Water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers in the Lower Laguna Madre, near the Convention Center continued to maintain low cell concentrations throughout last week.

October 9, 2015

Concentrations of red tide have decreased around the UTMSI Pier in Port Aransas from low concentrations to very low concentrations. There have been a few reports of respiratory irritation from residents this week. However, anglers reported clear waters and good fishing last weekend in the area.

TPWD received notification of a fish kill near the entrance to Panther Point Lake by the old pier. The notification source also observed dead fish around the point close to Panther Reef.

Discolored water streaking continues to be observed along the southern section of Corpus Christi Bay along the Corpus Christi bay front, which indicates high red tide cell concentrations. Water color gets noticeably better as you make your way to Cole Park from the Texas A&M Corpus Christi campus, and continues to improve towards the Inner Harbor entrance. Discolored water is also being observed in Corpus Christi Marina. TPWD staff observed a fish kill along the shoreline of Sunset Lake Park in Portland and along the bay front of Corpus Christi. Staff has also received reports of red tide aerosols causing moderate respiratory irritation from Bob Hall Pier to mile marker 15 in the Padre Island National Seashore.

The water samples collected by the Red Tide Rangers along the beach of South Padre Island and in Brazos Santiago Pass and the Lower Laguna Madre continue to maintain high cell concentrations of red tide. Samples collected near the Convention Center continue to maintain low cell concentrations. Red tide aerosols are being reported as moderate to severe.

TPWD is investigating multiple reported fish kills in the Freeport, TX and East Matagorda Bay area.

October 5, 2015

Over the weekend, TPWD staff and the Red Tide Rangers from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley Coastal Marine Studies Lab continued to monitor and assess red tide cell concentrations and fish kills.

TPWD staff assessed fish kills around the City of Portland shoreline and confirmed a diverse assemblage of fish killed. There was also a report of dead fish washing ashore near Ingleside Cove. Red tide cell concentrations were also reported to be the same along the coast as last week, with Pelican Island near Galveston maintaining background concentrations of red tide and the UTMSI Pier in Port Aransas maintaining low cell concentrations of red tide. There has been one new report of respiratory irritation in the Port Aransas area, however.

The Red Tide Rangers from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley Coastal Marine Studies Lab collected the following data regarding red tide cell concentrations in South Texas.

October 2, 2015

TPWD staff conducted fish kill assessments along…

The fish kills assessed in the Lower Laguna Madre (from Brazos Santiago Pass, west to Bahia Grande and North to the Queen Isabella Causeway and also from Mansfield Pass west) were categorized as having a dense, diverse assemblage of species killed. Padre Island National Seashore staff also reported a small fish kill along the Bird Island Basin area near the Bird Island Basin camp ground but no assessment was conducted.

Water samples to assess red tide cell concentrations were conducted along the coast all week. The following is the latest data regarding the location and cell concentration of red tide from TPWD staff.

September 28, 2015

Reports over the weekend continued to identify red tide cells at background concentrations near Pelican Island (Galveston) and at low concentrations at the UTMSI Pier (Port Aransas). Water samples taken in South Padre Island show moderate to high cell concentrations of red tide with high concentrations along the beach in the City of South Padre Island. Reports of respiratory irritation declined on Saturday according to city officials. Low cell concentrations continue to be present near the Convention Center in South Padre. Water samples from the Brazos Santiago Pass and in the Lower Laguna Madre found moderate cell concentrations.

TPWD staff is assessing fish kills this week along the Padre Island National Seashore, in the South Padre Island area, along Boca Chica beach and in the Port Mansfield area.

September 25, 2015

Here are the latest updates:

Staff from multiple agencies are currently assessing fish kills in the following areas:

September 23, 2015

Reports of discolored water and/or red tide aerosols continue in the Gulf of Mexico from Galveston to Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) and South Padre Island. Reports of fish kills, discolored water and/or aerosols have been reported within some bay systems, including San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, and upper and lower Laguna Madre.

PINS also reported tree frog mortalities as well as spotted ground squirrel mortalities being observed. This has not been observed in other red tide events, historically. PINS will be sending frog and squirrel samples to the National Park Service veterinary lab in Fort Collins, Colorado for further analysis.

Fish Kill assessments are ongoing at…

September 22, 2015

Reports of discolored water and/or red tide aerosols continue in the Gulf of Mexico ranging from Freeport to Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) and South Padre Island. Reports of fish kills, discolored water and aerosols have been reported within some bay systems, including San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and the upper Laguna Madre.

Fish kill assessments are occurring and will be expanded today and tomorrow to cover Mustang Island State Park south to Bob Hall Pier. The PINS staff is assessing the fish kills along PINS this week. TPWD staff and partners are collecting water samples along South Padre Island, Freeport and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

September 18, 2015

Reports of discolored water and/or red tide aerosols in the Gulf of Mexico range from Freeport to Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) and South Padre Island. Below is the latest information regarding the areas now being affected.

Water samples collected from September 17 to September 18 by the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed moderate cell concentrations in Redfish Bay with a high cell concentration bloom of red tide near Ransom Point. Background cell concentrations of red tide were also indicated along the southwestern shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay. As the week has progressed, South Padre Island cell densities increased from background concentrations to very low concentrations but there are still no reports of respiratory irritations.

The latest locations of observed fish kills include:

September 17, 2015

Red tide has been confirmed from Port Aransas south to the 10 mile marker at the Padre Island National Seashore. Water samples collected from September 14th to September 16th by TPWD and Padre Island National Seashore staff confirmed high cell concentrations of red tide at the Bob Hall Pier and the Packery Channel in Corpus Christi. Moderate cell concentrations were found at the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas; mile markers 0, 5, and 10 along the Padre Island National Seashore; and the Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas. Cell concentrations were low at the intersection of the La Quinta Channel and the Corpus Christi Channel. Only background cell concentrations (less than 1 to 10 red tide cells per milliliter and no reports of irritation) were found at South Padre Island and Cedar Pass.

This bloom of red tide has also caused fish kills to be observed by the TPWD staff in areas including:

Near Port O’Connor, fish kills of gulf menhaden were observed in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway but only background concentrations of red tide were present in the water sample. TPWD also observed an increase from the initial reports of gulf menhaden fish kills along the southern shores of Packery Channel and the gulf shores of San Jose Island.

September 15, 2015

TPWD is working with other agencies to monitor a red tide event along the southern Texas coast. The bloom was confirmed Sunday, September 13, when University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) personnel around the fish pass jetties on Mustang Island noted irritation of their eyes and nose when breathing. These symptoms are often associated with strong red tide aerosols. Water samples were collected and were found to have high numbers of the microscopic algae Karenia brevis, commonly called red tide.

Samples collected on September 14 by TPWD and Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) staff identified high cell concentrations at Horace Caldwell Pier (Port Aransas), Packery Channel (Corpus Christi), Bob Hall Pier (Corpus Christi), and the northern border of PINS. Mild irritation was also reported at these sites.

This bloom is suspected to have caused fish kills at a number of locations along the lower coast near the Corpus Christi area including the southern shores of Packery Channel and the gulf shores of Padre Island from the Packery Channel jetty south to Whitecap St. Beach Access. In addition, fish kills have been reported along the gulf shores of San Jose Island, north of the Aransas Pass Jetty.

January 27, 2015

No red tide is being reported anywhere along the Texas coast.

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Additional Information:

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services investigate reports of possible red tide along the coast and in the bays.

Three common signs of a red tide bloom are:

  • discolored water
  • dead fish
  • breathing difficulty.

From the Centers for Disease Control:
The human health effects associated with eating brevetoxin-tainted shellfish are well documented. However, scientists know little about how other types of environmental exposures to brevetoxin—such as breathing the air near red tides or swimming in red tides—may affect humans. Anecdotal evidence suggests that people who swim among brevetoxins or inhale brevetoxins dispersed in the air may experience irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Additional evidence suggests that people with existing respiratory illness, such as asthma, may experience these symptoms more severely.

To report sightings of red tide during normal business hours, call your local TPWD office or 361-825-3244. Outside of normal business hours you may call TPWD's 24-hour communications centers at 512-389-4848 (Austin) or 281-842-8100 (Houston.)

Although some travelers may be concerned with how the red tide may affect their vacation plans, there are miles of clean beaches to enjoy on the Texas coast. When making travel plans, heed the advice of the Texas Department of State Health Services : get the current facts and draw your own conclusions.

For more information about red tide and the latest updates, call the TPWD hotline at (800) 792-1112, select fishing, then select red tide.

Current information about shellfish closures can be obtained by contacting the Seafood Safety Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services at (800) 685-0361. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services investigate reports of possible red tide along the coast and in the bays.

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