Florida Red Tide Status Map, 12-11-15, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 12-11-15

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 12-11-15, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 12-11-15, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, December 11, 2015

FWC released the Red Tide Status Report yesterday afternoon.

Red Tide Status (December 11, 2015)

“Based on the most recent available satellite images and analysis of water samples, blooms of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persist along Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Bay, and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida and Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida. Very low concentrations were also confirmed in Lee County.

In Northwest Florida over the past week, Karenia brevis was detected in low to medium concentrations in 2 samples collected in and alongshore of Escambia County; very low to high concentrations in 4 samples collected in and alongshore of Santa Rosa County; low to medium concentrations in 5 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Okaloosa County; background to medium concentrations in 6 samples collected in and alongshore of Bay County; and very low to low concentrations in 5 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Gulf County.

In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was detected in low to high concentrations in 6 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; background to low concentrations in 3 samples collected inshore of Hillsborough County; low to medium concentrations in 7 samples collected in and alongshore of Manatee County; background to high concentrations in 25 samples collected in and alongshore of Sarasota County; background to low concentrations in 6 samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte County; background to very low concentrations in 6 samples collected in and alongshore of Lee County; and background concentrations in 1 sample collected alongshore of Collier County. Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected this week from Franklin, Jefferson, Taylor, Citrus, Hernando, or Pasco counties. Fish kills and respiratory irritation continue to be reported in bloom areas in both Northwest and Southwest Florida.

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show western movement of bloom waters along Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and eastern movement of bloom waters along Gulf and Bay counties in Northwest Florida.  Forecasts show offshore movement of surface bloom waters and inshore movement of bottom waters in Southwest Florida.”

For more information, please see FWC.