SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) – Work crews are at Sarasota County beaches today in an attempt to remove dead fish from the shoreline.

According to the Sarasota County Government, 17 employees are cleaning beaches county-wide Thursday in an effort to pick up thousands of decaying fish that washed ashore as a result of red tide.

Members of the sheriff’s work offender program are also assisting in the clean up at Venice and Caspersen beaches.

The County says three cleanup vehicles and eight employees are working to remove the fish from Siesta Beach alone, which was hit particularly hard by red tide Wednesday.

Over the past week, the Flordia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision received reports of fish kills and respiratory irritation in multiple locations in Sarasota County

7/28 and 8/1 at Lido Key

7/24, 7/26-7/28 and 7/31-8/1 at Manasota Beach

7/24-8/1 at Nokomis

7/26 and 7/30-8/1 at Siesta Key

7/24, 7/26-7/29 and 7/31-8/1 at Venice Beach

7/24-8/1 at Venice North Jetty

Sarasota County says park staff will continue to monitor the beaches each morning and cleanings will take place in accordance with the beach cleanup policy.