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Red tide: 3.6 million pounds of marine debris removed from Pinellas County

Water samples show conditions improving across the Tampa Bay area.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Red tide conditions continue to improve across the Tampa Bay region as one county says cleanup efforts have slowed down significantly over the past week.

As of Tuesday [Aug. 10th], workers across Pinellas County have removed 1,823 tons of dead sea life. That's more than 3.6 million pounds.

The county says there has been a big "drop-off" the past two days because "offshore winds have pushed the bloom farther from shore, and water quality monitoring results have improved."

Daily samples from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission show red tide still impacting parts of the bay area, but not to the degree of last month. Pinellas County is seeing low to medium levels of red tide off its coast.