Red tide update for Southwest Florida

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected offshore of Manatee County, one sample collected offshore of Charlotte County and one sample collected offshore of Lee County.

No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week.

Respiratory irritation was reported in Southwest Florida in Manatee and Sarasota counties over the past week. Forecasts for our area predict net southwestern transport of surface waters and southeastern movement of subsurface waters in most areas over the next few days.