Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, September 2, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report an abbreviated report on Friday. The full report was scheduled to be released today, Monday.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:21 PM 09/2/2016.
Red Tide Status (September 2, 2016)
“Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in two samples collected offshore of Lee County over the past week. Additional samples collected throughout Florida did not contain K. brevis. Due to adverse weather conditions, a full red tide report for the past week will be shared via the FWC website and Facebook page on Monday.
Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show northern, followed by southern, inshore movement of surface and bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.”
Key for Results
|Description||Karenia breviscells/liter||Possible Effects (K. brevis only)|
|NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND||background levels of 1,000 cells or less||None anticipated|
|VERY LOW||>1,000 to 10,000||Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures > 5,000 cells/L|
|LOW||>10,000 to 100,000||Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits|
|MEDIUM||>100,000 to 1,000,000||Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills|
|HIGH||>1,000,000||As above plus discoloration|
For more information, please see FWC.