In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations in 12 samples collected from Sarasota County, very low to high concentrations in 10 samples collected from Charlotte County, background to high concentrations in 12 samples collected from or offshore of Lee County, and background to low concentrations in six samples collected from Collier County.
In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Gulf County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Over the past week, fish kills were reported in Southwest Florida in Sarasota County (Brohard Beach, Casperson Beach, Englewood Beach, Manasota Beach, Nokomis, Venice Beach, Venice North Jetty, Venice Pier), Lee County (Blind Pass Beach, Bonita Beach, Bowman’s Beach, Captiva Beach, Cayo Costa, Gasparilla Island, Laika Lane, Lovers Key State Park, Sanibel Beach) and Collier County (Barefoot Beach, Doctors Pass, Gordon Pass, Lowdermilk Park, Park Shore Beach).
Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Sarasota County (7/18-7/19 at Lido Key; 7/17-7/18 and 7/20-7/24 at Manasota Beach; 7/19-7/22 and 7/24-7/25 at Nokomis; 7/18-7/24 at Venice Beach; 7/18-7/25 at Venice North Jetty), Lee County (7/21-7/22 and 7/25 at Bonita Beach; 7/22 and 7/24-7/25 at Bowman’s Beach; 7/23-7/24 at Captiva; 7/19 at Cayo Costa; 7/20-7/25 at Gasparilla Island; 7/24 at Light House Beach; 7/25 at Lovers Key State Park and Lynn Hall Beach Park), and Collier County (7/21-7/22 and 7/24-7/25 Barefoot Beach; 7/23 at Doctors Pass and Gordons Pass; 7/23 at Park Shore Beach).
Report courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission