Southwest Region:Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was found in background concentrations in several samples collected alongshore, inshore and offshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties this week. One sample collected alongshore of Pinellas County contained very low concentrations. Other samples collected throughout southwest Florida did not contain K. brevis.
The worst red tide to impact Florida since 2007 continues to wreak havoc on our southwest gulf beaches. The bloom started at the end of September and now stretches for 140 miles from Pinellas thru Collier County. In mid-January, the highest concentrations of toxins from the bloom were found off Sarasota County shores with dead [...]
In early October, State and local officials identified a large patch of red tide that appeared to stretch from inshore southern Sarasota County to offshore Collier County, centered off Charlotte Harbor and stretching southeast toward Collier. It has now extended from Collier through Sarasota County with patches in Manatee and Pinellas County. The bloom is [...]
Our friends at Mote Laboratory have asked us to share the following news release: Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are studying samples from the current bloom of Florida red tide this week in Southwest Florida to advance a major research initiative: learning how nutrients in the water play into the complex “recipe” for red tide. Florida [...]
Mote Marine recently deployed a robot submarine to help monitor the red tide bloom off Southwest Florida. The yellow robot submarine, nicknamed Waldo, will head toward the edge of the bloom to gather information on the bloom’s shape, size and other characteristics. It carries a Karenia brevis detector that was created by Dr. Gary Kirkpatrick, [...]
An Editorial in the Herald Tribune on October 10th cited the latest red tide bloom that has hit the gulf coast. It spoke of the dead fish washing up on beaches and respiratory irritation levels risings. It reminded people of past outbreaks and how devastating it can be with our beaches graveyards to dead fish, [...]
The significant red tide bloom that has hit Florida has garnered the attention of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. They are providing the State funding to pay for offshore monitoring of the bloom’s development, movement and toxicity. NCCOS’s algal bloom Event Response Program is funding the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to [...]