Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Midweek Red Tide Update (February 10, 2016)
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission bulletin at 02/10/2016.
“A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties in Southwest Florida. Karenia brevis was detected in very low to medium concentrations in 5 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; very low to high concentrations in 59 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties; and background to medium concentrations in 4 samples collected alongshore of Collier County.
Two samples collected offshore of Monroe County also contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Respiratory irritation continues to be reported in several bloom areas of Southwest Florida from Sarasota south to Englewood. Fish kills have also been reported along Siesta Key Beach, Longboat Key, and Captiva Island. Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show net southern movement of surface and bottom waters in Southwest Florida over the next 3 days.”
For more information, please see FWC.