Florida Red Tide Status Map, 8-18-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 8-18-17

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 8-18-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 8-18-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, August  18, 2017

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Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 2:32 PM 8/18/2017.

Red Tide Status (August 18, 2017)

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was not detected in samples collected throughout Florida this week.

We continue to receive reports of a multi-species fish kill in Old Tampa Bay. Low dissolved oxygen associated with a bloom of the dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense is likely the cause of this fish kill. Organisms affected include Lizardfish, Pufferfish, Flounder, Catfish, Trout, Blue Crabs, Snook, Mullet, Eels, and Stingrays.

Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Websitepredict net offshore movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement 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