Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, January 15, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Red Tide Status (January 15, 2016)
“Based on water samples collected over the past week, blooms of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persist along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida.
Background to very low concentrations of Karenia brevis were also detected in three samples collected inshore of Bay and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida.
Karenia brevis was detected in background to medium concentrations in 7 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; background to low concentrations in 5 samples collected inshore of Hillsborough County; low to high concentrations in 11 samples collected inshore of Manatee County; very low to medium concentrations in 27 samples collected in and alongshore of Sarasota County; very low to medium concentrations in 10 samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte County; and very low to low concentrations in 5 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Lee County. Fish kills and respiratory irritation continue to be reported in some bloom areas in Southwest Florida.
Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected this week from Walton, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Citrus, Hernando, or Pasco counties.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show little net movement of bloom waters in southwest Florida over the next 3 days.”
For more information, please see FWC.