Red tide lingers

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persisted the week ending Oct. 7, extending along 145 miles of coastline and offshore 10 miles or more in the Gulf and also appearing on the East Coast.

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

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

Respiratory irritation was reported in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties, as well as in Northwest Florida and along the East Coast.

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