No to low red tide observed in area by FWC

To the Editor:

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background to very low concentrations in Southwest Florida and at background concentrations in Northwest Florida over the past week. Additional details are provided below.

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in and offshore of Manatee County, background to very low concentrations in or offshore of Sarasota County, background to very low concentrations in or offshore of Charlotte County, and background concentrations offshore of Lee County.

In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in Gulf County.

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).

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict northwestern transport of surface waters and minimal net movement of subsurface waters over the next four days in most areas.

The next complete status report will be issued on Friday, May 31. Please check our daily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on our Red Tide Current Status page.

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.

The FWRI HAB group, in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory, now have a Facebook page.

Please like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee