Mote watches red tide bloom

Marine scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continue to observe a large bloom of red tide in the northeast Gulf of Mexico.

The release said the bloom is about 20 miles offshore between Pasco and Dixie counties, about 90 miles wide and 60 miles deep.

Although red tide fish kills have been observed north of Pasco County, red tide has not been observed along Manatee County’s shoreline, an Aug. 27 Mote Marine press release said.

Mote, USF and FWC scientists are sampling waters from the bloom area daily, the release continued.

The red tide bloom was forecast to drift slowly to the south/southwest.

For updates on the red tide, people can go online to

Red tide is an algae known scientifically as karenia brevis.

The algae kills fish and its odor causes breathing and other

respiratory problems in humans.

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