Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, November 20, 2015
FWC released the weekly Red Tide Status Report yesterday afternoon.
Red Tide Status (November 20, 2015)
“Based on satellite images, fish kill reports, and analysis of water samples, blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are currently present along Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida and Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and northern Collier counties in Southwest Florida.
In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was detected in medium concentrations in one sample collected alongshore of Escambia County; low concentrations in one sample collected offshore of Okaloosa County; background to medium concentrations in 8 samples collected inshore of Bay County; and low to medium concentrations in 7 samples collected inshore of Gulf County. In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was detected in background to low concentrations in 9 samples collected along and offshore of Pinellas County; very low to medium concentrations in 9 samples collected in and alongshore of Manatee County; low to high concentrations in 28 samples collected in and alongshore of Sarasota County; very low to medium concentrations in 6 samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte County; background to low concentrations in 4 samples collected alongshore of Lee County; and very low concentrations in one sample collected alongshore of Collier County. Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected over the past week from Walton, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Citrus, Hernando, or Hillsborough counties. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills and respiratory irritation in bloom areas in both Northwest and Southwest Florida.
The USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides forecasts bloom patches to move slightly west in Northwest Florida and slightly south in Southwest Florida over the next three days.”
For more information, please see FWC.