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Red Tide Summary (July 25, 2014)

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background to high concentrations in several water samples analyzed this week from offshore of Hernando County and in background concentrations in two samples collected this week from inshore waters of Charlotte and Lee counties.

Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a bloom approximately 80 miles long and 50 miles wide 40 to 90 miles offshore between Dixie and Pasco counties. Karenia brevis was found not only on the surface, but also at depths up to 20 meters. This bloom has caused an ongoing fish kill in the northeast Gulf of Mexico.  FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline has received reports of thousands of dead and moribund benthic reef fish including various snapper and grouper species, hogfish, grunts, crabs, sea turtles, flounder, bull sharks, lionfish, baitfish, eel, sea snakes, tomtates, lizardfish, filefish, octopus, and triggerfish. Reports of water discoloration have been received, but no respiratory irritation has been observed or reported. Short term forecasts of bloom movement by the Center of Prediction of Red Tides do not predict considerable movement of the bloom patch in upcoming days.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis.

Regional Status Reports and Maps Adobe PDF (July 25, 2014)

Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map

To see detailed information on this week's samples, view the current Statewide Google Earth map for July 25, 2014.

By using Google Earth, you can zoom in to specific locations and click on stations to see detailed information, including sample date and cell concentration. You must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view this map; the software can be downloaded from the Google Earth website. External Website

The FWRI Red Tide Status Line is now available to callers throughout the state. FWRI updates the recording each Friday by 5 p.m. Red Tide Status Line: 866-300-9399 (toll-free inside Florida only); 727-552-2448 (outside Florida).

Reports are updated on Friday afternoon except during holidays, in which case the report will be released on the closest day. Additional information, if available, is provided on Wednesday afternoon. To receive an e-mail when the current status has been updated, visit our subscription area.

Previous Regional Status Reports and Maps

July 18, 2014
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

July 11, 2014
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

July 3, 2014
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
No samples were analyzed this week from northwest Florida
Google Earth map

June 27, 2014
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

June 20, 2014
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

June 13, 2014
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

June 6, 2014
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

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