Midweek red tide update

 

Midweek red tide update

 

Please be advised a full detailed Red Tide report, including data tables, regional maps, and an interactive Google Earth map, will be available on Friday, February 17, 2017 on the FWC website at:MyFWC.com/RedTide.

MIDWEEK RED TIDE UPDATE: A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida from Pinellas to Lee counties.

Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in four samples collected from Pinellas County; background to medium concentrations in eight samples from Manatee County; very low to high concentrations in twenty-six samples collected from Sarasota County; low concentrations in two samples collected from Charlotte County; background to medium concentrations in twelve samples collected from Lee County; and background to very low concentrations in seven samples collected from Collier County.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Respiratory irritation was reported along Sarasota County over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides predict net southern movement of surface waters, and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters between southern Pinellas and northern Monroe counties over the next 3 days (http://ocgweb.marine.usf.edu/hab_tracking/HAB_trajectories.html).

 

 

 

 

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