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Red Tide Status (February 12, 2016)

A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, Karenia brevis was detected in background to medium concentrations in 6 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; background concentrations in 1 sample collected from inshore waters of Hillsborough County; low to medium concentrations in 5 samples collected in and alongshore of Manatee County; low to high concentrations in 28 samples collected in and alongshore of Sarasota County; very low to medium concentrations in 12 samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte County;  background to low concentrations in 11 samples collected in and alongshore of Lee County, and background to medium concentrations in 4 samples collected alongshore of Collier County.  Three samples collected offshore of Monroe County also contained background to low concentrations of K. brevis.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Over the past week, respiratory irritation has been reported in several bloom areas of Southwest Florida from Sarasota south to Englewood. Fish kills have also been reported along Siesta Key Beach, Longboat Key, and Captiva Island during that time period. Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show southern/offshore movement of surface waters and southern/onshore movement of bottom waters in Southwest Florida over the next 3 days.

Statewide map  Adobe PDF (February 12, 2016)

Regional Status Reports and Maps Adobe PDF (February 12, 2016)

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 February 12, 2016.

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

February 5, 2016
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

January 29, 2016
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

January 22, 2016
Southwest coast report and map
East coast report and map
Northwest coast report and map
Google Earth map

 

Additional archived status maps can be found on Flickr

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