Red Tide-Related Hotlines and Information Sources

Report a fish kill or other wildlife effects, consult health authorities about human exposure, or locate other resources.

Red Tide Monitoring and Response


Red Tide
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Red Tide Current Status

Red Tide FAQs

Tools for Tracking Red Tide

Report Fish Kill or Wildlife Impact

Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511

Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922

Report Freshwater Blue-Green Algal Blooms

Department of Environmental Protection Reporting FormExternal Website or call 855-305-3909

The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) is a national leader in red tide research and response. FWRI processes dozens of water samples every week and reports our findings to the public. FWC remains in constant contact with local governments, health officials, partner agencies and the public regarding this event.


View the statewide Red Tide Current Status.

Latest Red Tide Status Report Available by Phone
Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-552-2448. Standard calling charges apply.


Fish and Wildlife Hotlines and Reporting Contacts

FWRI Fish Kill Hotline

The FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) maintains this hotline through a federally funded project to survey fish-related diseases and mortalities.

  • Call 800-636-0511 (toll-free) to report fish kills, diseased fish, or fish with other abnormalities. Leave a detailed report and contact information on the recorded message. A biologist will contact the caller, usually the following workday, if more information is needed.

Please do not call the FWRI Fish Kill Hotline to request dead fish cleanup; local municipalities are responsible for dead fish cleanup, usually only on public beaches.

FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-3922 (toll-free)

If you find a dead, sick, or injured manatee or sea turtle, or you would like to report a wildlife law violation, please call FWC's 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number.


Hotlines and Reporting Sites for Effects on Humans

Florida Poison Information Center: 800-222-1222 (toll-free)
If you would like to report health issues related to exposure to red tide, please call the Florida Poison Information Center at 800-222-1222. Additional information on the health effects of Florida red tide can be found on the Florida Department of HealthExternal Website website.

If you would like to speak with someone in your local health department, please use the link below for contact information.

County Health DepartmentsExternal Website


Information Sources

FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory work together to monitor Karenia brevis. This cooperative effort is designed to help mitigate the adverse impacts of red tide. This joint research program that includes red tide monitoring, research and public outreach and education has resulted in better tools and ongoing monitoring for red tides along the Gulf Coast.

Mote Marine Laboratory's Beach Conditions ReportExternal Website provides up-to-date information about the effects of red tide on Florida Gulf coast beaches, including reports of dead fish, respiratory irritation among beachgoers, water color, and wind direction. The site also provides information on red drift algae and rip currents.

At the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science, the Center for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website uses forecast models to track and predict harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the southeastern United States and reports current conditions. The center is a cooperative venture with the FWC.

The Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website, maintained by USF's Dr. Robert Weisberg, provides a HAB tracking tool that displays modeled bloom trajectories on the west coast of florida, forecasted over the upcoming 3.5 days. This center partners with the FWC.

The Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction SystemExternal Website, maintained by USF's Dr. Robert Weisberg, provides information regarding real-time surface meteorology, currents, and sea level from an array of buoys and coastal stations.

The USF-FWC HAB BulletinExternal Website site posts experimental red tide forecasts based on wind and current models.  Select an area of interest and view projected movement of red tide blooms from recently sampled locations.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses satellite imagery, field observations, and buoy data to assess harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. A report of conditions and additional information appears on the NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast SystemExternal Website Web site.

Documents about Florida red tide and other programs are available for download.


Shellfish Harvesting Closures

FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) group closely monitors the status of K. brevis on Florida's coasts, providing technical support to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the agency that regulates approved shellfish harvesting areas.

To protect public health, FDACS can order closures of shellfish harvest areas (limited in this context to oysters, clams, and mussels). Before harvesting in Florida waters, determine open or closed status by visiting the Department's Division of AquacultureExternal Website Web site or calling a field office.


Volunteer Offshore Monitoring Program

In 2000, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute established a Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program, which is a volunteer program for citizens to help collect water samples from routine collection points and sites reported for suspected harmful algal blooms (HABs). The timely sampling by volunteers allows researchers to provide an early warning of offshore algal blooms and investigate reported events as they occur. The Program needs volunteers to collect samples from all coastal Florida counties. To view more information visit, Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program or use the Volunteer SignUp FormExternal Website.


Previous Regional Status Reports and Maps

November 9, 2018
Southwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Northwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
East Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Google Earth MapExternal Website

November 2, 2018
Southwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Northwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
East Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Google Earth mapExternal Website

October 26, 2018
Southwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Northwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map
East Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Google Earth mapExternal Website

October 19, 2018
Southwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Northwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
East Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF
Google Earth mapExternal Website

Additional archived status maps can be found on FlickrExternal Website

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