Red tide reported in region

As evident from recent satellite images, fish kill reports and analysis of water samples, blooms of the Florida red tide organism were present Nov. 19 along Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties in Southwest Florida.

In Southwest Florida, Karenia brevis was detected in background to medium concentrations in and alongshore of Manatee County; very low to high concentrations in and alongshore of Sarasota County; in very low to high concentrations in and alongshore of Pinellas County; background to low concentrations in and alongshore of Charlotte County; and background to very low concentrations in along and offshore of Lee County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in a status report, said red tide also is present along Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties in Northwest Florida.

The FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills. Respiratory irritation is possible throughout the areas where red tide is present.

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