Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: October 9, 2015
Background to high concentrations in Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties. Extensive fish kills have been reported at Mexico Beach (Bay County) in Northwest Florida.
FWC released the weekly Red Tide Status Report this morning.
“Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present along and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties in northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, and northern Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida.
Background to high concentrations of K. brevis were detected in 12 samples collected in and alongshore of Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties, and background concentrations were detected in one sample collected offshore of Levy County. In addition, K. brevis has been detected in background to low concentrations in 26 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties.
Within the Gulf of Mexico, Karenia brevis was not detected in or alongshore of Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton, Wakulla, Pinellas, or Collier counties. No samples have been analyzed so far this week from Santa Rosa, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, or Monroe counties.
Extensive fish kills have been reported at Mexico Beach (Bay County) in Northwest Florida. Respiratory irritation has not been recently reported, but is possible in bloom areas.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show little net movement of bloom patches over the next three days.”
For more information, please see FWC.