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Red Tide Status Update

Over the past week, red tide was detected in 47 samples collected from Southwest Florida. Bloom levels (>100,000 cells per liter) were not observed. We continue to use satellite imagery to help track this event.
  • InSouthwest Floridaover the past week,K.breviswas observed at very low concentrations in Pinellas County, background concentrations in Hillsborough County, background to very low concentrations in Manatee County, background to low concentrations in Sarasota County, background to very low concentrations in Charlotte County, background to very low concentrations in and offshore of Lee County, and background to very low concentrations in Collier County.
  • InNorthwest Floridaover the past week,K.breviswas not observed.
  • Along theFlorida East Coastover the past week,K.breviswas not observed.

Reports offish killssuspected to be related to red tide were received from Southwest Florida over the past week from Sarasota County. For more details, please visithttps://myfwc.com/research/ saltwater/health/andhttps://visitbeaches.org/.

Over the past week,respiratory irritationsuspected to be related to red tide was reported via the Beach Conditions Reporting System and/or the Fish Kill Hotline in Southwest Florida in Sarasota County. For recent and current information at individual beaches, please visithttps://visitbeaches.org/and for forecasts that use FWC and partner data, please visithttps://habforecast.gcoos.org/ .

Forecastsby theUSF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tidesfor Pinellas County to northern Monroe County predict net southern movement of surface waters and southeastern transport of subsurface waters in most areas over the next 3.5 days.

The next status report will be issued on Friday, May 5th. Please check ourdaily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on ourRed Tide Current Statuspage. For more information on algal blooms and water quality, please visitProtecting Florida Together.

This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on theFWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links toadditional informationrelated 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 TideFlickrpage. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.

The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have afacebookpage. Pleaselike our pageand learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.


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