Red tide in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persisted in Southwest Florida the week ending Aug. 24.

The following are reports on K. brevis testing inshore and alongshore in Manatee County: Background concentrations at the Sunshine Skyway South Fishing Pier, low concentrations at School Key; medium concentrations at the Palma Sola Bay Bridge on the Palma Sola Causeway and at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria; and high concentrations at the boat ramp at Coquina Bayside in Bradenton Beach.

FWC continued to receive reports of fish kills from Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.

Respiratory irritation also was reported, including at Coquina Beach.

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