Over the past week, K. brevis was detected in 37 samples along Florida’s Gulf Coast, with bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) observed in one sample from offshore of Wakulla County. Thanks to our partners at USF and NOAA, we continue to use satellite imagery to look for patches of elevated chlorophyll as a proxy for algal biomass.
In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in and offshore of Pinellas County.
In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low concentrations in Escambia County, very low concentrations in Santa Rosa County, background concentrations in Bay County, background to low concentrations in Franklin County, background to medium concentrations in and offshore of Wakulla County, background concentrations in and offshore of Levy County, and background to very low concentrations in and offshore of Pasco County. Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
Fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported in Northwest Florida in Walton and Franklin counties over the past week.
Respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide was reported over the past week in Northwest Florida in Franklin County. For recent and current information at individual beaches, please visit https://visitbeaches.org/
Red Tide report courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission