Cedar Key is Red Tide Free
Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected this week in very low concentrations in only two samples collected alongshore of southern Collier County. One sample collected alongshore of Pinellas County, two alongshore of Manatee County, and three alongshore of Sarasota County each contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
Additional samples collected in Florida waters this week did not contain K. brevis.
Tables and maps of sample results are available on our Web site: (http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/events/status/statewide/).
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: (http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/events/status/contact/).
To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see our flickr page at (http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfwc) and click on “Harmful Algal Bloom Species”.
The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have a facebook page. Please come like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida at: http://facebook.com/FLHABs