Florida Algal Bloom Report, 7-29-16

Florida Algal Bloom Update:  DEP released the following Florida Algal Bloom report news release at 3:14PM/E Friday, July 29, 2016.

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Florida Algal Bloom Response Summary

Sampling Schedule

“Today, July 28, the Department of Environmental Protection will survey and collect samples of observed blooms at Dubois Park in Jupiter. Lee County will survey and collect samples of observed blooms at the Alva Boat Ramp, Franklin Locks, Davis Boat Ramp, North Shore Park and Midpoint Bridge Park.

On July 27, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was scheduled to collect samples at Ft. Pierce Inlet Beach, Blind Creek Park North, Jensen Beach, Bathtub Beach, Hobe Sound Beach and Coral Cove Beach.

On July 26, the South Florida Water Management District surveyed and collected samples of observed blooms at S155, Lake Clarke, St. Lucie Lock S80 and Flying Cow Road bridge west of Wellington.

On July 25, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection surveyed and collected samples of observed blooms on the Caloosahatchee River downstream of the Midpoint Bridge, including the main stem and Iona Cove near Shell Point. Along the St. Lucie, DEP staff surveyed and collected samples of observed blooms downstream from Lock S80. Staff also surveyed Waveland Beach and Carlin Park Beach in response to citizen reports.

The City of Cape Coral surveyed the Cape Coral Yacht Club boat ramp and Bernice Braden Park. DEP staff collected samples of any observed blooms.

On July 25, the South Florida Water Management District surveyed and collected samples of observed blooms on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.

As part of their routine monitoring, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission collected samples at five fishing piers on the Atlantic coast: Juno Beach, Lake Worth, Deerfield Beach, Anglins and Daina. They also sampled Melody Lane fishing pier on the Indian River.

Sampling Results

To date, a majority of the results continue to indicate low to extremely low levels of toxins. All results are reported to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS).

On July 19 -21, DEP, FWC, South Florida Water Management District and Lee County were deployed to survey and collect samples on the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, as well as nearshore marine locations. A total of 14 samples were collected. All sample results were non-detect for toxins.

On July 18, DEP staff were deployed to survey and collect samples on the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. A total of four samples were collected. All sample results were below the World Health Organization’s short-term recreational exposure limit, including the Cape Coral Yacht Club, which was non-detect for toxins.

The Florida Department of Health at Martin County has issued an advisory encouraging Floridians and visitors to exercise caution to minimize their risk. If the water is discolored or a visible bloom is present, people are encouraged to stay out of the water, to keep pets and livestock out and to not use bloom water to irrigate lawns.

Since May 13, 2016, when the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) first observed an algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee during their routine sampling, DEP and the SFWMD have regularly responded to and sampled observed and reported algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee, in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary.”

July_All_SampleLocations 7 25 16

Sample Date Samples Collected By Samples Analyzed By Sampling Location Depth
(meters)
Algae ID Microcystin Toxin
(measurement in micrograms per liter)
7/21/2016
(109)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
N. Ft. Myers Canal on Caloosahatchee River (N 26° 37′ 58.6776″, W -81° 54′ 49.8924″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/21/2016
(108)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Alva Boat Ramp (N 29° 27′ 54″, W -82° 10′ 39″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/21/2016
(107)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Franklin Locks, upstream (N 26° 43′ 16.0″, W -81° 41′ 35″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/21/2016
(106)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Davis Boat Ramp (N 26° 42′ 40.6080″, W -81° 45′ 11.8440″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/21/2016
(105)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Midpoint Bridge at Park (Four Mile Cove) (N 26° 36′ 33.5880″, W -81° 54′ 45.8964″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(104)
FDEP FDEP Indian River County
Moorings Yacht Club beach (N 27° 35′ 51.6300″, W -80° 20′ 25.0332″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(103)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Bathtub Beach Reef Park (N 27° 11′ 12.1056″, W -80° 9′ 37.0296″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(102)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
C44S80 (N 27° 6′ 37″, W -80° 17′ 7″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(101)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Ft. Pierce Inlet Beach (N 27° 28′ 11″, W 80° 17′ 25″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(100)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie
Blind Creek Beach North (N 27° 22′ 44″, W 80° 15′ 12″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(99)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Jensen Beach (N 27° 15′ 14″, W 80° 11′ 44″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(98)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Bathtub Beach (N 27° 11′ 13″, W 80° 9′ 36″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/16/2016
(97)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Hobe Sound Beach (N 27° 3′ 59″, W 80° 6′ 53″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/19/2016
(96)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Palm Beach County
Coral Cove Beach (N 26° 57′ 53″, W 80° 4′ 92″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/18/2016
(95)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Shell Point (N 26° 31′ 21.2520″, W -81° 59′ 58.1640″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/18/2016
(93)
FDEP FDEP Lee County Caloosahatchee River at Channel Marker 76 (N 26° 32′ 32.8920″, W -81° 57′ 8.5680″) 0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/18/2016
(92)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
S308C (N 26° 59′ 05″, W -80° 37′ 217″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 1.4 I
7/14/2016
(91)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Horton Park boat ramp (N 26° 36′ 27.2880″, W 81° 54′ 48.096″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/14/2016
(90)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Bernice Braden Park (N 26° 33′ 48.8880″, W 81° 56′ 13.9560″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 1.1 I
7/14/2016
(89)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Cape Harbor Marina Dock (N 26° 32′ 18.2040″, W 81° 59′ 57.1920″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/13/2016
(88)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie river 80m west of NW Dixie Hwy Bridge (N 27° 12′ 10″, W 80° 15′ 42″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/13/2016
(87)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
S. Fork St. Lucie south of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge (N 27° 9′ 24″, W 80° 15′ 22″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/13/2016
(86)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Estero Bay north of Coon Key (N 26° 25′ 22″, W 81° 53′ 22″)
Not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/13/2016
(85)
SFWMD FDEP Palm Beach County
Flying Cow Road Bridge (N 26° 40′ 58.05″, W 80° 17′ 53.83″)
0.25 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 22.6
7/13/2016
(84)
SFWMD FDEP Palm Beach County
S155 (N 26° 38′ 41.20″, W 80° 3′ 17.98″)
0.25 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 36.2
7/13/2016
(83)
SFWMD FDEP Palm Beach County
Lake Clarke Shores (N 26° 38′ 58.8″, W 80° 4′ 27.2″)
0.25 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(82)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Indian Riverside Park (N 27° 13′ 29″, W 80° 12′ 42″)
0 Dominant taxon: Plectonema wollei not collected
7/12/2016
(81)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Ft. Pierce Inlet Beach (N 27° 28′ 10″, W 80° 17′ 25″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(80)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Blind Creek Beach North (N 27° 22′ 44″, W 80° 15′ 12″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(79)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Jensen Beach (N 27° 15′ 13″, W 80° 11′ 43″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(78)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Bathtub Beach (N 27° 11′ 13″, W 80° 9′ 36″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(77)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Hobe Sound Beach (N 27° 3′ 58″, W 80° 6′ 52″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(76)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Palm Beach County
Coral Cove Beach (N 26° 57′ 52″, W 80° 4′ 43″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(75)
SFWMD FDEP Palm Beach County
L007 (N 26° 46′ 12″, W -80° 47′ 3.6″)
0.3 Dominant taxon: Aphanizomenon flosaquae not detected
7/12/2016
(74)
SFWMD FDEP Martin  County
C44S80 (N 27° 6′ 37″, W -80° 17′ 7″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/12/2016
(73)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Alva Boat Ramp at Josephine Street (N 26° 42′ 50″, W -81° 36′ 21″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 1.3 I
7/12/2016
(72)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
North Shore Park (N 26° 39′ 27.0432″, W -81° 53′ 1.3344″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/11/2016
(71)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
L004 (N 26° 58′ 40″, W -80° 42′ 29″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 3.6 I
7/11/2016
(70)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River 30M east of SW Ashby Ln docks (N 27° 12′ 3.3102″, W -80° 16′ 2.4086″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 1.8 I
7/11/2016
(69)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie, South Fork (N 27° 7′ 46.77″, W -80° 15′ 57.420″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 4.6
7/7/2016
(68)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Estuary-SE03 (N 27° 12′ 10″, W -80° 15′ 33″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(67)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Estuary-SE08B (N 27° 10′ 14″, W -80° 15′ 28″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(66)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Alva Boat Ramp (N 26° 42′ 47.5914″, W -81° 36′ 23.328″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(65)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Cape Coral Yacht Club (N 26° 32′ 33.4314″, W -81° 57′ 8.4954″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 1
7/7/2016
(64)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Ocean Sample
West 400 Artificial Reef (N 27° 9′ 44.1″, W -80° 3′ 51.480″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(63)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Ocean Sample
Upside down Barge wreck (N 27° 13′ 56.8920″, W -80° 6′ 42.840″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(62)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Ocean Sample
Whistle Buoy (N 27° 10′ 2.280″, W -80° 8′ 24.720″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/6/2016
(N/A)
OUA GreenWater Laboratories Okeechobee Utility Authority Old Intake – after ozone (not provided) not provided not anzlyzed not detected
7/6/2016
(61)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
S308C, Port Mayaca Lakeside Lower (N 26° 59′ 095″, W -80° 37′ 288″)
0.3 Dominant taxon: Planktolyngbya limnetica 1.4 I
7/6/2016
(60)
SFWMD FDEP Palm Beach County
C51 at Flying Cow Rd. Bridge (N 26° 40′ 58.01″, W -80° 17′ 53.96″)
0.25 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 6.3
7/6/2016
(59)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River – 50m from shore between NE Anchorage Dr. and NE Glass Dr. (N 27° 12′ 57″, W -80° 14′ 7″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 7.3
7/6/2016
(58)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Ft. Pierce Inlet Beach (N 27° 28′ 29″, W 80° 17′ 25″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(57)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Blind Creek Beach North (N 27° 22′ 43″, W 80° 15′ 12″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(56)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Jensen Beach (N 27° 15′ 12″, W 80° 11′ 41″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(55)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Bathtub Beach (N 27° 11′ 13″, W 80° 9′ 37″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(54)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Hobe Sound Beach (N 27° 4′ 0″, W 80° 6′ 53″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(53)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Palm Beach County
Coral Cove Beach (N 26° 57′ 51″, W 80° 4′ 42″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/5/2016
(52)
SFWMD FDEP Okeechobee County
Lake Okeechobee Interior (N 27° 11′ 21″, W -80° 49′ 32″)
0.3 Dominant taxon: Dolichospermum circinale not detected
7/5/2016
(51)
SFWMD FDEP Glades County
S-77 Structure (N 26° 50′ 26.82″, W -81° 5′ 0.68″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/5/2016
(50)
SFWMD FDEP Okeechobee County
Lake Okeechobee Rim Canal (N 27° 11′ 46.8″, W -80° 49′ 56.9″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/5/2016
(49)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Lock, C44 S80 (N 27° 6′ 39″, W -80° 17′ 4″)
0.3 Co-dominant taxa: Microcystis aeruginosa and Dolichospermum circinale 86
7/5/2016
(48)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
C-51 Canal at Lake Worth Lagoon (N 26° 38′ 40″, W -80° 2′ 40″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/1/2016
(47)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
Peanut Island West (N 26° 46′ 25.1954″, W -80° 2′ 58.2176″)
not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not analyzed
7/1/2016
(46)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
Peanut Island East (N 26° 46′ 17.652″, W -80° 2′ 36.6″)
not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not analyzed
7/1/2016
(45)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
Peanut Island North (N 26° 46′ 38.784″, W -80° 2′ 39.5160″)
not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not analyzed
I – Reported value is between the laboratory method detection limit and the laboratory practical quantitation limit
J – Estimated value and/or the analysis did not meet established quality control criteria.


Previous Sampling Results:

Health Effects

DOH takes the lead in determining if a HAB presents a risk to human health. DOH issues health advisories as they determine to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher and may also post warning signs when Florida Algal blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the risk of human exposure. These actions are typically directed out of local county health departments, most often in consultation with staff from DOH’s Aquatic Toxins Program. The World Health Organization considers levels under 10 micrograms/liter to represent a low-level risk for adverse health outcomes from short-term recreational exposures; however, certain sensitive populations (e.g., children, the elderly and immunocompromised populations) may still be at risk even at low concentrations and should avoid any exposure.

DOH also follows up on reports of pets that may have been exposed to a bloom, since these events may predict potential human health threats.”

Reporting

The state’s Florida Algal Bloom response team encourages residents to report Florida algal blooms so that we can respond quickly and effectively.

  • To report a Florida algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee or the St. Lucie or Caloosahatchee rivers, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online at www.reportalgalbloom.com.
  • To report human illness or for information on health advisories, contact your local county health department.
  • To report a fish kill, contact FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 7-29-16

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 7-29-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 7-29-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, July 29, 2016

FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:29 PM 07/29/2016.

Red Tide Status (July 29, 2016)

“Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was observed in background concentrations in two samples collected from Charlotte County (Southwest Florida).  Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis.

Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tidesshow net southern movement of surface waters and southern, inshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.”

For more information, please see FWC.

Naples Fishing Report, Friday, July 29, 2016: Snook!

Naples Fishing, Fly Fishing, Snook, Friday, July 29, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Fly Fishing, Snook, Friday, July 29, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Naples Fishing Report: Snook.

Naples Fishing Report, Friday, July 29, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: fly fishing for snook on the beach.  Latest Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and Red Tide Report.  We’re mostly focused on naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Please try our pilot Sanibel & Captiva News site or Sanibel & Captiva Events Calendar to see what else is happening Sanibel & Captiva islands!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

Naples Fishing Report, Friday, July 29, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: snook, fly fishing, tarpon rolling and hitting inside the passes; if you are a local Naples fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  Daily Naples fishing reports. All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitat, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.