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Latest Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Update


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Latest Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) 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, June 15th on the FWC website at:


MIDWEEK RED TIDE STATUS UPDATE: A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida.


In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Pinellas County, background to low concentrations in eight samples collected from Manatee County, very low to medium concentrations in 17 samples collected from Sarasota County, very low to medium concentrations in seven samples collected from Charlotte County, background to medium concentrations in seven samples collected from or offshore of Lee County, and very low to low concentrations in two samples collected from Collier County.


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


Over the past week, fish kills were reported in Southwest Florida in Sarasota County (Crescent Beach, Lido Beach, Lido Key, Manasota Beach, New Pass, Nokomis Beach, Siesta Key, Venice Beach, Venice North Jetty), Charlotte County (Don Pedro Island, Englewood Beach, Gasparilla Sound, Little Gasparilla Beach, Manasota Beach, Manasota Key, Palm Island, Stump Pass, Stump Pass Beach Park), and Lee County (Boca Grande Beach, Bowmans Beach, Captiva Island, Gasparilla Island Range Lighthouse, Redfish Pass). Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Sarasota (6/7-6/8 and 6/10-6/12 at Lido Key, 6/7-6/8 and 6/10-6/12 at Manasota Beach, 6/6-6/8 and 6/12 at Nokomis, 6/8 and 6/11–6/13 at Siesta Key, 6/6-6/13 at Venice Beach, 6/6–6/8 and 6/12 at Venice North Jetty) and Lee (6/6-6/8 and 6/11-6/13 at Gasparilla Island Range Lighthouse) counties.


Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict southern transport followed by northern transport of surface waters in most areas and southern, onshore transport of subsurface waters over the next three days.


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