FWC Red Tide Report Indicating K. brevis at very low concentrations along the Suncoast
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background to very low concentrations in Southwest Florida over the past week. Additional details are provided below.
- In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low concentrations in Manatee County, background concentrations in Sarasota County, background concentrations in Charlotte County, and background concentrations in Lee County.
- 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.
No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported this week (please see https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline).
No respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide was reported over the past week.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net northwestern transport of surface waters and southeastern movement of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days.
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.