Red Tide Status

Southwest Region:Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was found in background concentrations in several samples collected alongshore, inshore and offshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties this week. One sample collected alongshore of Pinellas County contained very low concentrations. Other samples collected throughout southwest Florida did not contain K. brevis.

Southwest Florida coast current status report – May 3, 2013 Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was found in background to very low concentrations in several samples collected alongshore and inshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties this week. Other samples collected throughout southwest Florida did not contain K. [...]

The FWRI report issued on February 22, 2013: Southwest Region: A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists in southwest Florida, with the highest concentrations detected this week in the Pine Island Sound System (Lee County). Very low to medium concentrations were also detected alongshore and inshore of Sarasota, Charlotte and Collier [...]

Southwest Region: On the southwest coast of Florida, a patchy bloom of the Florida Red Tide organism, Karenia brevis, continues from Pinellas County through Collier County. Very low to medium concentrations were found alongshore of Manatee County through southern Collier County. One sample collected offshore of Pinellas County and one collected offshore of Lee County [...]

Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not found in samples collected this week from alongshore Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, and Monroe counties, or along or offshore of Collier County. Three samples collected alongshore of Sarasota County contained K. brevis in concentrations ranging from background to very low.

Current testing by FWRI: Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in water samples collected this week alongshore between Pinellas and Collier counties or offshore of the Florida Keys (Monroe County).

The water along Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island took on a brownish hue at the beginning of May.  Test results taken at Long Boat Key confirmed red drift algae (seaweed) and blooms of Trichodesmium.  Neither are considered harmful. Current testing by FWRI: on the southwest coast of Florida, Karenia brevis, the Florida [...]

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