GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Parts of Galveston Bay are closed to shellfish harvesting after a fish kill has been linked to the algae bloom called red tide.
Galveston officials hope the cleanup of more than 30 miles of beachfront will be finished Wednesday. Parks Board executive director Kelly de Schaun says the west edge of the island has the largest concentrations of dead fish.
State officials last Friday began getting reports of fish kills.
The Texas Department of State Health Services on Sunday confirmed varying levels of red tide. The agency on Monday closed sections of Galveston Bay to shellfish harvesting.
Parks and Wildlife Department officials hope to do a coastal flyover for an aerial view of the algae bloom.
Galveston has not issued any advisories against swimming. Red tide can cause respiratory problems.