Red Tide Found in Low Levels in Sarasota on Friday by FWC


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released it's weekly "Red Tide Report" this past Friday, July 24th, 2020... We have one area where Red Tide has been detected in low levels... City Island Park in Sarasota. (Between St Armands and Longboat Key).

Here is the FWC Map showing the test sample... https://myfwc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=87162eec3eb846218cec711d16462a72&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=campaign

The next report from FWC comes put, this Friday, July 31st.

Read the entire FWC Report and see maps below....

Current Conditions - Friday, July 24th, 2020

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in one Southwest Florida sample over the past week. Additional details are provided below.

  • In Southwest Florida over the past week,K. breviswas present at low concentrations in one Sarasota County sample - City Island Park in Sarasota. (Between St Armands and Longboat Key).
  • In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. breviswas not observed.
  • Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. breviswas not observed.

Patches of the marine cyanobacterium Trichodesmiumare likely present in coastal and offshore waters. Over the past week, this alga was present in samples from Florida’s Northwest, Southwest, and East coasts. This alga blooms each year, has not been shown to be toxic in Florida’s waters, and often resembles sawdust but can change color as it decomposes.For more information, please see recent posts on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FLHABs) and information aboutTrichodesmiumon our website (https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/general/trichodesmium/). 

No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week (please see https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline).

No reports of respiratory irritation were received over the past week.

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net northwestern movement of surface waters and variable transport of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days.

The next complete status report will be issued on Friday, July 31st. Please check our daily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on our Red Tide Current Status page. For more information on algal blooms and water quality, please visit Protecting Florida Together.

This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.

To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.    

The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have a facebook page. Please like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.