Red tide persists

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism persisted the week ending Nov. 4.

Bloom concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persisted on Florida’s Southwest, Northwest and East coasts.

Patchiness was observed in each area.

In Southwest Florida, K. brevis concentrations generally increased from southern Pinellas through Charlotte counties, excluding Hillsborough County.

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

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

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