Red Tide Update: Dramatically Down Since Beginning of the Week

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX (September 16, 2016)

Across South Padre Island, red tide cell concentrations have dramatically decreased since the beginning of the week.

Water samples collected this morning by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Coastal Studies Lab Red Tide Rangers have confirmed that there are no cell counts at the South Padre Island Convention Centre flats, and low cell counts along beach access 5.

No respiratory issues or extensive fish kills have been reported at this time.

“If it were me, I wouldn’t cancel any plans to come to the island,” said Brigette Goza, Coastal Studies Lab Senior Program Coordinator and Red Tide Ranger.

The vast, beautiful beaches of South Padre Island remain open for everyone to enjoy during this holiday weekend!

For more information and updates regarding red tide you can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/redtide/status.phtml or the General Land Office Beach Watch at: https://cgis.glo.texas.gov/Beachwatch/#loc=33

No Evidence of Red Tide on South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX (September 9, 2016)

Misleading rumors have spread about South Padre Island’s red tide status following recent reports of moderate red tide rates around the northern sections of the (North) Padre Island National Seashore, roughly 70 miles north of the City of South Padre Island.

“At the moment there is no evidence to suggest there is red tide anywhere near the City of South Padre Island,” said Patrick Barrineau, Shoreline Management Director for the City of South Padre Island. “Shoreline management staff keep a weekly log book of red tide measurements during the fall in case the data are needed and have not noticed anything unusual.”

(North) Padre Island National Seashore staff investigated a small fish kill between mile markers 0 and 20, finding moderate rates of red tide isolated to that portion of the national seashore.

We are pleased to report that our vast and beautiful South Padre Island beaches are clean, clear and open for everyone to enjoy!

For more information and updates regarding red tide you can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/redtide/status.phtml or the General Land Office Beach Watch at:  https://cgis.glo.texas.gov/Beachwatch/#loc=33