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The Suncoast Red Tide Status for 8.15.18
Midweek Red Tide Status Update (August 15, 2018)
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 to low concentrations in four samples collected from Pinellas County, very low to high concentrations in five samples collected from Manatee County, background to high concentrations in 57 samples collected from Sarasota County, low to high concentrations in nine samples collected from Charlotte County, background to high concentrations in 32 samples collected from or offshore of Lee County, very low to high concentrations in 12 samples collected from or offshore of Collier County, and very low to low concentrations in four samples collected offshore of Monroe County.
In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Santa Rosa County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
We continue to receive reports of fish kills in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, reports were received for multiple locations in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties. More detailed information is available at http://myfwc.com/fishkill.
Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Pinellas County (8/14 at Pass-a-Grille), Manatee County (8/7-8/14 at Coquina Beach, 8/7-8/11 and 8/13-8/14 at Manatee Beach), Sarasota County (8/7-8/15 at Lido Key, 8/7-8/15 at Manasota Beach, 8/7-8/15 at Nokomis, 8/7-8/10 and 8/12-8/14 at Siesta Key, 8/7 and 8/10-8/13 at Venice Beach, 8/7-8/15 at Venice North Jetty), Lee County (8/8-8/15 at Bonita Beach; 8/7-8/9 and 8/11-8/12 at Bowman’s Beach; 8/7-8/10 and 8/13-8/14 at Captiva; 8/10 at Causeway Islands; 8/7-8/10 and 8/13-8/14 at Gasparilla Island; 8/7-8/8, 8/10 and 8/14 at Light House Beach; 8/8, 8/10 and 8/13 at Lovers Key State Park; 8/8 and 8/13-8/14 at Lynn Hall Beach Park; 8/14 at Newton Park), and Collier County (8/10-8/13 at Barefoot Beach, 8/9 and 8/12-8/13 at Seagate Beach, 8/9 and 8/12-8/13 at Vanderbilt Beach).
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict variable movement of surface waters with net northern transport expected close to shore, and net southeastern transport of subsurface waters over the next three days.
Additional information regarding the current status of algal blooms in South Florida is being consolidated and posted on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website: https://floridadep.gov/dear/algal-bloom.
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