red tide

Northwest Florida Economy Threatened by Red Tide Bloom

Red tides are caused by an explosive growth and accumulation of certain microscopic algae, predominantly in coastal waters. Some species produce toxins that are among the most potent known to man. The most troublesome species in the Gulf of Mexico is Karenia brevis. K. brevis can kill large numbers of fish and other sea life […]

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Red Tide Status August 22, 2014

A large offshore bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, has been detected this month in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida showed a patchy bloom at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties in northwest and southwest […]

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Red Tide is Back

On July 25, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported that a bloom of red tide was confirmed in samples collected offshore of Hernando County. Citizens had been calling FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline to report observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish […]

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Red Tide Status July 25, 2014

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background to high concentrations in several water samples analyzed this week from offshore of Hernando County and in background concentrations in two samples collected this week from inshore waters of Charlotte and Lee counties. Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. […]

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Red Tide Status July 3, 2014

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in two samples collected this week from inshore waters of Manatee and Sarasota counties. Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Red Tide Update May 23, 2014

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in one water sample collected this week inshore of Manatee County. Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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New Device to Detect Red Tide Being Tested

In our June 2013 newsletter we featured an article on a sensor, known as an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), described as a garbage can size canister that was launched in the ocean waters off southern Maine to collect and transmit data about toxin producing algae blooms, known as red tides. The sensors contained a pint […]

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