Local marine life is getting a little help from humans.
More than 2,000 juvenile redfish are set to be released at Robinson Preserve in west Manatee County.
The Feb. 26 release was to address the loss to the redfish population on the Southwest Florida coast due to red tide, according to a news release from the county. The program was announced in fall 2018.
Another 6,000 redfish will be released in March.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com- mission, the Coastal Conservation Association Florida and Duke Energy are releasing the all-hatchery-reared fish.
The program also released more than 8,000 redfish in Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota coun-
According to the FWC, recent water samples taken from the coastal areas in Southwest Florida have shown only natural, background levels of Karenia brevis, the organism that causes red tide.
As of Feb. 15, FWC said reported n red tide in the waters surrounding the entire state.