Algae Blooms Spotted off Panama City Beach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Algae blooms known as "June
grass" have been spotted off Panama City Beach, a nuisance for
swimmers but important food source for fish.

The algae has been spotted in patches off the city's Russell-Fields Pier. It is dark in color and was frequently mistaken for oil last year.

June grass provides nutrients for coastal plants and is a foodsource and nursery for small fish, shrimp and crabs. If it gets heavy or washes ashore it can be a nuisance for swimmers and beachgoers and sometimes leaves a strong odor.

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