Over the past week, the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was detected in 27 samples collected from Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) were not observed. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions.
In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in and offshore of Pinellas County, background concentrations offshore of Manatee County, background and very low concentrations in and offshore of Sarasota County, background to low concentrations in Charlotte County, background to very low concentrations in Lee County, background concentrations in and offshore of Collier County, and background concentrations offshore of Monroe County.
In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected offshore of Pasco County.
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 over the past week from Sarasota County.
Over the past week, respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide was reported via the Beach Conditions Reporting System 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