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.