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Red Tide May Be Increasing

The United Press International reported on March 31, 2006, that U.S. experts have found increasing amounts of single-cell algae which kills fish and turns the waters red, aptly named Red Tide, over the past 15 years.

“We don’t have any good way of predicting it from year to year,” said Tracy Villareal, of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, who spoke at the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Corpus Christi, Texas. “My suspicion is we’re not going to see fewer of them.”

Villareal told UPI that some of the increase may be due to better reporting, but probably not all of it.  She shared with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that science is beginning to understand red tide, but that it’s going slowly.

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