Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, January 27, 2017
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:40 PM 1/27/2017.
Red Tide Status (January 27, 2017)
A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida from Pinellas to Lee counties.
Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in eleven samples collected from Pinellas County; background to medium concentrations in seventeen samples collected from Manatee County; low to high concentrations in thirty samples collected from Sarasota County; background to low concentrations in five samples collected from Charlotte County; and background to low concentrations in five samples collected from Lee County.
One sample collected from Gulf County this week (Northwest Florida) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Over the past week, fish kills affecting multiple species have been reported along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Lee counties. Respiratory irritation was reported along Manatee and Sarasota counties. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides predict net southern movement of surface waters, and southern onshore movement of subsurface waters between southern Pinellas and northern Monroe counties over the next 3 days.”
Key for Results
|Description||Karenia breviscells/liter||Possible Effects (K. brevis only)|
|NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND||background levels of 1,000 cells or less||None anticipated|
|VERY LOW||>1,000 to 10,000||Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures > 5,000 cells/L|
|LOW||>10,000 to 100,000||Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits|
|MEDIUM||>100,000 to 1,000,000||Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills|
|HIGH||>1,000,000||As above plus discoloration|
For more information, please see FWC.