The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persisted the week ending Dec. 30 in Southwest Florida but conditions continued to improve in most areas.
In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at very low to high concentrations in Manatee County, background to very low concentrations in Sarasota County, very low concentrations in Charlotte County, background to very low concentrations in and offshore of Lee County, background concentrations in and offshore of Collier County, and very low concentrations offshore of Monroe County.
Fish kills were not reported.
However, respiratory irritation was reported in Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties.
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