Red tide in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persisted the week ending Sept. 30, extending along 135 miles of coastline and offshore 10 miles or more.

In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations in or offshore of Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties, very low to high concentrations in or offshore of Charlotte County, background to high concentrations in or offshore of Lee County and very low to high concentrations in or offshore of Collier County.

Reports of fish kills were received for multiple locations in and offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.

Respiratory irritation was reported in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties.

For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

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