Originally published on Fox4 by Andrew Shipley on April 17, 2024

Sea grass is such an important part of our environment here in Southwest Florida. It provides habitat for our fish and food for our manatees. But unfortunately, that sea grass is going away and is being replaced by green algae. Meteorologist Andrew Shipley spent the day with Calusa Waterkeeper Codty Pierce to get a closer look at this problem.

Pierce grew up in Lee County, fishing its waters both recreationally and professionally.

“At one time, we had what seemed to be an overabundance of natural area,” said Pierce. “Everywhere you went, you could catch redfish, snook, and trout. These days it’s much more challenging to do that.

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