The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was present in Southwest Florida over the past week.
In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at very low to low concentrations in three samples collected from Pinellas County, background to low concentrations in seven samples collected from Manatee County, background concentrations in three samples collected from Sarasota County, and background concentrations in one sample collected from Collier County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tidespredict net southern movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next 3.5 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.
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