Florida Red Tide Status Map, 12-18-15, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 12-18-15

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 12-18-15, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 12-18-15, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, December 18, 2015

FWC released the Red Tide Status Report yesterday afternoon.

Red Tide Status (December 18, 2015)

“Based on the most recent available satellite images and analysis of water samples, blooms of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persist along Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties in Northwest Florida and Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties in Southwest Florida.

In Northwest Florida over the past week, Karenia brevis was detected in very low concentrations in 1 sample collected alongshore of Escambia County; background to high concentrations in 5 samples collected in and alongshore of Santa Rosa County; background to medium concentrations in 9 samples collected inshore of Bay County; background to high concentrations in 7 samples collected inshore of Gulf County; and background to low concentrations in 8 samples collected inshore of Franklin County.

In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was detected in background to low concentrations in 5 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Pinellas County; low to medium concentrations in 9 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Manatee County; background to high concentrations in 18 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Sarasota County; background to medium concentrations in 14 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Charlotte County; background to medium concentrations in 18 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Lee County; and background to very low concentrations in 4 samples collected alongshore of Collier County.

Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected this week from Wakulla, Jefferson, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, or Hillsborough counties. Fish kills and respiratory irritation continue to be reported in bloom areas in both Northwest and Southwest Florida.

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show easterly alongshore movement of bloom waters between Escambia and Bay counties and little net movement between Gulf and Franklin counties in Northwest Florida, and little net movement of bloom waters in Southwest Florida.”

For more information, please see FWC.