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Date of Issue: October 19, 2006

Red tide abating off coast?

Water samples taken last week indicate that the red tide bloom off Southwest Florida is slowing.

According to the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg, "Patchy conditions of Karenia brevis exist in Manatee, Charlotte and Lee counties with concentrations ranging from not present to medium. Highest concentrations were detected along the Sarasota County coast. Offshore sampling conducted this week also found medium concentrations of K. brevis 3.5 to 18 miles offshore between southern Manatee and southern Lee County."

Red tide is a naturally occurring algae that at times "blooms." It can cause fish kills and respiratory distress to humans and marine mammals.