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Red tide likely causing Keys fish kills

Wind and current likely carried the tide from the north, said FWC spokeswoman Michelle Kerr.

Over the last month, anglers reported seeing large fish kills, although it’s still not clear the algae killed the fish, that included grunts, small eels, trout and cowfish, along with bigger barracuda and ladyfish. The dead fish were spotted west of Marathon and from Sandy Key to Islamorada. Commercial fishermen and guides, already struggling after Hurricane Irma slammed the Lower Keys, were not taking the news well.

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