Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, April 1, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission bulletin at 4:28 PM 04/1/2016.
Red Tide Status (April 1, 2016)
“A patchy bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is present along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in southwest Florida.
Over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in 5 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County, background to very low concentrations in 5 samples collected in and offshore of Manatee County, background to very low concentrations in 8 samples collected in and alongshore of Sarasota County, low concentrations in 2 samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte County, and background to medium concentrations in 16 samples collected in and alongshore of Lee County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis.
Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show northern movement of surface waters and a slight southern inshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.”
For more information, please see FWC.