The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Pinellas, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida.
In addition, one sample collected from inshore waters of Brevard County (East Coast) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
Fish kills and respiratory irritation were not reported in Southwest Florida over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by theUSF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show net southern movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 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.