Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, September 9, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:36 PM 9/9/2016.
Red Tide Status (September 9, 2016)
“Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was observed in very low concentrations in two samples collected from Manatee County, background to very low concentrations in six samples collected from Sarasota County, background concentrations in one sample collected from Charlotte County, and background concentrations in two samples collected from 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 Tidesshow southern, offshore movement of surface waters, and southern, inshore movement of bottom waters between southern 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.