Red tide persists

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism persisted the week ending Oct. 28.

Bloom concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persisted on Florida’s Southwest, Northwest and East coasts. Patchiness was observed in each region.

In Southwest Florida, K. brevis concentrations increased slightly in areas of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties, but “high” and “medium” concentrations occurred only in or offshore of Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

  1. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations in or offshore of Pinellas County, background to low concentrations in Manatee County, background to high concentrations in Sarasota County, background to very low concentrations in Charlotte County, very low concentrations in or offshore of Lee County, background to very low concentrations in or offshore of Collier County and background to low concentrations in or offshore of Monroe County.

Reports of fish kills were received for Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

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

For more information, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

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