Red tides lead to beaches full of dead fish, which result in beach closings, loss of reputation, ruined vacations, and loss of potential capital. Additionally, the bloated, baking fish that wash up on shore create health hazards for individuals who clean beaches and for the local inhabitants. Learn how beach cleaners can help clean up this 'fishy' hazard.
Even though Red Tides are believed to be a natural result of a combination of unknown factors, and consequently, not man made, it is up to humans to clean up them mess. Cleanup by individual people subjects them to foul smells and unsanitary conditions. Past red tides have caused authorities to issue warnings for asthmatics against the fumes released by the dead fish.
Mechanical beach cleaners provide the optimal solution for red-tide cleanup. By keeping the operator high on the tractor (hopefully in a cab) and separated from the dead fish, tractor-towed beach cleaners offer a safer and more pleasant way to remove the fish from the beach.
In contrast to mechanical raking beach cleaners, most sifting beach cleaners use a beater bar to scoop the sand onto the vibrating/rotating screen. This bar rotates counter-clockwise, which pushes materials into the sand before being lifted onto the screen. While this method may be effective under optimal beach conditions, it turns the beach into a rotten sushi restaurant when cleaning up after red tides. The counter-clockwise motion typically explodes the fish, dices them, and drives them into the beach—releasing the toxic gasses that have been building in them, chopping them into tiny pieces, and making cleanup infinitely more difficult.
Therefore, it is important to use the proper beach cleaner and cleaning technique to ensure red-tide cleanup is successful.