Red Tide Status (November 25, 2015)
Based on satellite images and analysis of water samples, blooms of the Florida red tide organism are currently present along Bay and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida and Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida.
In Northwest Florida over the past week, Karenia brevis was detected in low to medium concentrations in 8 samples collected inshore Bay County; and in low to high concentrations in 7 samples collected inshore of Gulf County. In Southwest Florida, Karenia brevis was detected in background to very low concentrations in 4 samples collected alongshore of Pinellas County; low to medium concentrations in 8 samples collected inshore of Manatee County; background to high concentrations in 22 samples collected in and alongshore of Sarasota County; low to medium concentrations in 2 samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte County; background to low concentrations in 8 samples collected in, along and offshore of Lee County. Along the Gulf Coast, samples were not collected so far this week from Escambia, Wakulla, Jefferson, Levy, Citrus, Hillsborough or Monroe counties. FWC continues to receive reports of fish kills in Southwest Florida. Both fish kills and respiratory irritation is possible in the areas where red tide is present.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show westerly movement of surface waters and little movement of bottom waters in bloom areas in Northwest Florida over the next three days. In Southwest Florida, south-southwesterly movement of surface waters and little movement of bottom waters is predicted over the next three days.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next red tide status report will be available on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.
Statewide map (November 25, 2015)
Regional Status Reports and Maps (November 25, 2015)
Southwest coast report and mapEast coast report and mapNorthwest coast report and mapTo see detailed information on this week's samples, view the current Statewide Google Earth map for November 25, 2015.
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.
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
November 13, 2015Southwest coast report and mapEast coast report and mapNorthwest coast report and mapGoogle Earth map
November 5, 2015Southwest coast report and mapEast coast report and mapNorthwest coast report and mapGoogle Earth map
October 30, 2015Southwest coast report and mapEast coast report and mapNorthwest coast report and mapGoogle Earth map
Additional archived status maps can be found on Flickr
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