The red tide organism, Karenia brevis was detected in 69 samples from and offshore of Southwest Florida over the past week. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) were present in 14 samples: three in Manatee County, 10 in Lee County, and one in Monroe County. Additional details are provided below.
In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in Pinellas County, background to medium concentrations in Manatee County, background to low concentrations in Sarasota County, low concentrations in Charlotte County, very low to high concentrations in and offshore of Lee County, very low concentrations offshore of Collier County, and background to high concentrations in and offshore of Monroe County.
In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
Reports of fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were received in Southwest Florida from Sarasota County over the past week.
Respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide was reported via the Beach Conditions Reporting System over the past week in Southwest Florida in Sarasota County. For recent and current information at individual beaches, please visit https://visitbeaches.org/
Red Tide Status Report Courtesy of FWC