‘Rust tide’ found in Peconic Bay

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09/06/2012 5:00 PM |
Rust Tide, East End, North Fork, Peconic Bay

COURTESY FILE PHOTO | The Peconic Bay is no stranger to algal blooms.

First there was the brown tide, then the red tide and now, floating in waters at either end of the Peconic estuary system, are patches of what New Englanders informally call “rust tide.”

It poses no threat to humans but can be deadly to finfish and shellfish.

Rust tide is a collection of microscopic algae that’s been showing up in the Peconics in late summer during the past several years.