Red tide in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persisted in Southwest Florida the week ending Aug. 31.

The following are reports on K. brevis testing inshore and alongshore in Manatee County:

  • Very low concentrations on the South Fishing Pier at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in lower Tampa Bay.
  • Low concentrations at Terra Ceia Point and Mead Point near Robinson Preserve in lower Tampa Bay.
  • Medium concentrations near Key Royale in lower Tampa Bay.
  • High concentrations at Anna Maria’s Rod & Reel Pier in lower Tampa Bay, the Coquina Beach boat ramp in Bradenton Beach and the Palma Sola Bay Bridge on the Palma Sola Causeway.

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

Respiratory irritation also was reported in the region, including at Coquina Beach.

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