Sunday, November 29, 2020

Red Tide

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in southwest Florida. Satellite images from early this week produced by the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show patches that extend approximately 50 miles alongshore and up to 35 miles offshore, depending on location, between Collier and Monroe counties. More recent satellite images are not available due to cloud cover.

Karenia brevis
concentrations range from background to medium alongshore and offshore of Lee and Collier counties.  In several samples collected in the Pine Island Sound system (Lee and Charlotte counties), background concentrations have been detected.  Fish kills and respiratory irritation were reported on 11/15 and 11/16 alongshore of Marco Island (Collier County).

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides (CPR), a partnership between the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, project little net movement of bloom waters over the next 3 days.
Tables and maps of sample results are available on our Web site: (myfwc.com/research/redtide/events/status/statewide/).

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: (myfwc.com/research/redtide/events/status/contact/).

To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see our flickr page at (www.flickr.com/photos/myfwc) and click on “Harmful Algal Bloom Species”.

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 at:  facebook.com/FLHABs

This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on our Web site: (myfwc.com/research/redtide/events/status/statewide/). 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: (myfwc.com/research/redtide/events/status/contact/).

To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see our flickr page at (www.flickr.com/photos/myfwc) and click on “Harmful Algal Bloom Species”.

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 at: facebook.com/FLHABs.

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