Florida Red Tide Status Update
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in one Southwest Florida sample over the past week. Additional details are provided below.
- In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was present at low concentrations in one Sarasota County sample.
- In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
- Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
Patches of the marine cyanobacterium Trichodesmium are likely present in coastal and offshore waters. Over the past week, this alga was present in samples from Florida’s Northwest, Southwest, and East coasts. This alga blooms each year, has not been shown to be toxic in Florida’s waters, and often resembles sawdust but can change color as it decomposes. For more information, please see recent posts on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week (please see https://myfwc.com/
No reports of respiratory irritation were received over the past week.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net northwestern movement of surface waters and variable transport of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days.
The next complete status report will be issued on Friday, July 31st. Please check our daily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on our Red Tide Current Status page. For more information on algal blooms and water quality, please visit Protecting Florida Together.
This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.
To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.
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