Florida Red Tide Status Map, 5-19-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 5-19-17

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 5-19-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 5-19-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, May 19, 2017

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FWC released the Red Tide Status Report this week.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 2:49 PM 5/19/2017.

Red Tide Status (May 19, 2017)

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists at background to very low concentrations in Southwest Florida.

Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background concentrations in three samples collected from Manatee County; background concentrations in one sample collected from Sarasota County; and very low concentrations in one sample collected from Charlotte County.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Slight respiratory irritation was reported at Manatee Beach (Manatee County) on 5/18. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website predict the northern movement of surface waters and minimal net transport of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days.”  For more information, please see FWC.

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