PHOTO RELEASE: FWC, partners discuss enhanced support for continued red tide response
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Today, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection leadership highlighted continued red tide response, including enhanced testing efforts, technology and equipment to support impacted communities, at a media availability at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that DEP committed an additional $3 million to Pinellas County through DEP’s red tide emergency funding, bringing the total for Pinellas County to $6.3 million. In addition to this funding, Gov. Scott is allocating another $3 million to DEP’s red tide emergency funding to ensure other communities have access to the resources they need to combat the impacts of this naturally-occurring phenomenon.
This grant funding is in addition to $765,000 that Gov. Scott yesterday allocated to fund additional FWC scientists and field and laboratory equipment to support efforts to mitigate the impacts of naturally-occurring red tide.
Additionally, this week DEP announced that it had committed nearly $1.3 million in grant funding for cleanup on the Atlantic coast. FWC and DEP leadership met yesterday with local partners on the east coast to discuss the enhanced efforts. To date, DEP has awarded more than $13.4 million in funding to support efforts to battle red tide, not including the additional $3 million in grant funding now available.
Support from Gov. Scott and teamwork among partners have been critical in responding to this event to protect public health, support communities, and conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats.