Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was measured in water samples collected this week ranging from background to low concentrations at several locations in, along and offshore of Pinellas County south to Lee County. Additional samples collected in Florida waters this week did not contain K. brevis.
Patchy blooms of various organisms including Pyrodinium bahamense, Aureoumbra lagunensis and Pseudo-nitzschia species continue in the Indian River Lagoon system (Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River). These blooms have resulted in discolored water and fish kills in some locations. Courtesy of FWRI.
How much do you know about our marine environment and how it affects your everyday life? Did you know that mangroves, the coastal trees that can live in salt water, filter excess nutrients that can feed red tide and other algal blooms?