Red Tide Status (September 23, 2016)
A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, has been observed in Southwest Florida along Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Karenia brevis was observed in Southwest Florida in background to very low concentrations in five samples collected from Pinellas County, background to high concentrations in forty-one samples collected from Manatee and Sarasota counties, background to very low concentrations in three samples collected from Charlotte County, background to low concentrations in five samples collected from Lee County, and background to very low concentrations in four samples collected from Collier County. One sample collected alongshore of Okaloosa County (Northwest Florida) contained very low concentrations of K. brevis.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Fish kills affecting multiple species, along with slight respiratory irritation, have been reported in Manatee and Sarasota counties since September 19th. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show southern, alongshore movement of surface waters, and southern, onshore movement of bottom waters between southern Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.
Additional information regarding the current status of algal blooms in South Florida is being consolidated and posted on the DEP website: https://depnewsroom.wordpress.com/south-florida-algal-bloom-monitoring-and-response
Statewide map (September 23, 2016)
Regional Status Reports and Maps (September 23, 2016)
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 September 23, 2016.
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Previous Regional Status Reports and Maps
September 16, 2016Southwest coast report and mapEast coast report and mapNorthwest coast report and mapGoogle Earth map
September 9, 2016Southwest coast report and mapEast coast report and mapNorthwest coast report and mapGoogle Earth map
September 2, 2016Southwest coast report and mapEast coast report and mapNorthwest coast report and mapGoogle Earth map
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