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Red Tide

Capt. Frank Bourgeois
October 17, 2015
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present in, along, and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties in northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee and Sarasota counties in Southwest Florida.
So far this week, K. brevis has been detected in background to high concentrations in 12 samples collected in and alongshore of Bay and Gulf counties, and in background to medium concentrations in 27 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties, whereas background to very low concentrations were detected in 6 samples collected in, along, and offshore of Charlotte and Lee counties.
Within the Gulf of Mexico, Karenia brevis was not detected in or alongshore of Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton, Franklin, Wakulla, Dixie, Levy, Hillsborough, Collier, or Monroe counties. No samples were analyzed this week from Santa Rosa, Jefferson, Taylor, Citrus, Hernando, or Pasco counties.
Extensive fish kills and respiratory irritation have been reported at Mexico and Windmark beaches (Bay County), as well as Cape San Blass, Stone Memorial State Park, Eagle Harbor, and Massalina Bayou (Gulf County). Fish kills and respiratory irritation have been reported at St. Casey Key Beach and offshore of Venice (Sarasota County) in Southwest Florida.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show little net movement of the bloom patch located in Northwest Florida over the next three days, and shows offshore movement of surface water within the bloom patch in Southwest Florida over the next three days, but little movement of bottom water.
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 come like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.

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