The slimy conditions in the Satellite Beach surf, as captured on Sunday by Ryan Clapper Photography.
SUMMER OF SLIME CONTINUES
It will be an interesting week ahead with Labor Day, the opening of Snook Season (Sept. 1st), and Tropical Storm Dorian all on a collision course for the weekend. Also noteworthy is the good news that the summer-long scourge of sargassum seaweed has finally lightened up! The bad news is that an even slimier, stickier and more encumbering force of brown algae is now blanketing the surf across Brevard’s beaches. The exact source of this massive bloom of nastiness is currently unknown, but it has been linked to everything from global warming to Chinese tariffs. Spacefish does not have a marine biologist on staff, but if we had to guess, it might also have something to do with unsafe levels of enteric (AKA fecal) bacteria recently sampled in the water. Gross.
Check out the photos posted on Facebook by Ryan Clapper and you will get a good idea of just how thick and sprawling this brown algae is. Note, however, that the algae line remains pretty tight and compact in proximity to the shore. If one had, say, a kayak, then avoiding the mess and getting into some good fishing from the beach would be pretty simple. Don’t have a kayak, you say? Well, we’re giving away a brand new one next week, courtesy of Cocoa Beach Surf Co. Maybe you’ll be the big winner! The winner will be announced in next week’s forecast and will get his or her choice among three different fishing-ready kayaks. Register for the contest below if you haven’t already signed up — and good luck!