For Immediate Release
August 14, 2012
Red Tide Information
The Galveston County Health District is aware there are questions surrounding the recent fish kill on local beaches. As of Tuesday afternoon the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has confirmed it is a red tide event.
Such incidents generally attributed to harmful algal blooms are handled by the State of Texas and as such, health-related questions are addressed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Department of State Health Services works with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to investigate events such as the fish kill.
Updated information on the current red tide situation in Texas, as well as background information on red tide and how it affects people and fish, is available on the TPWD website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/redtide/.
Separate and apart from the fish kill, the Galveston County Health District does conduct the Texas Beach Watch program locally which regularly monitors beach waters to determine the levels of a coliform bacterium (i.e.Enterococcus) associated with infection among persons at risk. For more information about this program see www.gchd.org/pollution/BeachAdvisory.htm and www.texasbeachwatch.com/.
If there are questions concerning any of this information please feel free to contact the Galveston County Health District’s Office of Public Information at (409) 938-2211 and staff will be glad to offer assistance or direct inquiries to the appropriate party.
(News Media: For more information contact Kurt Koopmann, GCHD Public Information Officer, 409-938-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org)