The Fish & Wildlife Research Institute reports the following data done with water samples collected on February 17, 2012.
Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in water samples collected this week alongshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Collier counties or alongshore and offshore of northern Monroe County. One sample collected alongshore of Lee County contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
The FWRI Red Tide Status Line is now available to callers to hear a recording detailing red tide conditions throughout the state. FWRI updates the recording each Friday by 5 p.m. after sampling efforts for the week have been completed and analyzed. Red Tide Status Line: (866) 300-9399 (toll-free inside Florida only); (727) 552-2448 (outside Florida).