Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, February 5, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Red Tide Status (February 5, 2016)
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission bulletin at 02/05/2016 03:10 PM EST.
Red Tide Update (February 5, 2016)
“A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida.
Karenia brevis was detected in very low to high concentrations in 5 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; medium concentrations in 1 sample collected inshore of Manatee County; background to high concentrations in 23 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Sarasota County; background to medium concentrations in 6 samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte County; and background to high concentrations in 24 samples collected in and alongshore of Lee County.
Respiratory irritation continues to be reported in several bloom areas of Southwest Florida. Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show northern/northwestern movement followed by southern/offshore movement in surface waters, and slight onshore movement of bottom waters in Southwest Florida over the next 3 days.
Background concentrations of K. brevis were also observed in 3 samples collected inshore of Gulf County in Northwest Florida. Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected in the past week from Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Citrus, Hernando, or Hillsborough counties.
For more information, please see FWC.