Red Tide Current Status

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This map contains the last eight days of sampling and is updated daily at 5 p.m.
Please be sure to click on individual dots for sampling details.


Red Tide Status Update for November 16, 2018

Current Conditions
Bloom concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persist on Florida’s Southwest and Northwest coasts. Patchiness was observed in both areas. On the East Coast, bloom concentrations of K. brevis are no longer present. Additional details are provided below.

In Southwest Florida, observations of >1,000,000 K. brevis cells per liter (“high” concentrations) occurred in and/or offshore of Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties. “Medium” concentrations were observed in these same counties, and also in Manatee County and offshore of Monroe County. Relative to last week, K. brevis concentrations increased in parts of Pinellas, Manatee, Charlotte, and Lee counties. In Northwest Florida, “high” concentrations of K. brevis were observed in Bay County and “medium” concentrations were observed there as well as in Santa Rosa County.

Fish Kills
In Southwest Florida, fish kill reports were received for multiple locations in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, and in and offshore of Charlotte County. In Northwest Florida, fish kills were reported in Okaloosa and Bay counties. On the East Coast of Florida, a fish kill was reported in Palm Beach County. More detailed information is available at

Respiratory Irritation
Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Southwest Florida (in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties), Northwest Florida (in Okaloosa County), and on the East Coast (Palm Beach County). For additional information, view the southwest coast report Adobe PDF, the northwest coast report Adobe PDF, and the east coast report Adobe PDF.

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net southwestern movement of surface waters and southeastern movement of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days. Four-day forecasts for Escambia to western Gulf counties predict net southeastern movement of surface waters and net eastern transport of subsurface waters.

View the Red Tide Status Map Adobe PDF (November 16, 2018)

To see detailed information on this week's samples, view the Statewide Google Earth Interactive Map (November 16, 2018)External Website.

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 websiteExternal Website.

Due to the holiday next week, a complete status report will be issued on Wednesday, November 21st, rather than on Friday. Please check our daily sampling map which can be accessed from the top of this page.


Archived status maps can be found in our Flickr galleryExternal Website. Previous regional status reports and maps can be found on our red tide resources page.

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.

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.

Additional Information
For additional information about red tide and the current red tide bloom, including information on how to report a fish kill or other wildlife effects, consult health authorities about human exposure, or locate other resources, visit our Red Tide-Related Hotlines and Information Sources article.

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Information
Additional information regarding the current status of algal blooms in South Florida is being consolidated and posted on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website: Website.


DescriptionKarenia brevis cells/literPossible 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



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