Red Tide Update

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According to the Harmful Algal Bloom Reports, low to very low concentrations of the Florida Red Tide organism have been found along the Marco Island beach area.

Tested weekly, the week of December 1 - 7 reported the findings of small patches of red tide in Tampa Bay, Pine Island Sound and alongshore of the Marco Beach area. According to the report, “Recent sample analysis suggest that the bloom is declining in Southwest Florida between Pinellas and Collier counties.”

Statewide reports for red tide levels may be found at Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-552-2448.

Florida red tides occur in the Gulf of Mexico almost every year and are capable of killing fish, birds and other marine animals. Brevotoxins emitted by red tide can also cause health problems in humans, typically irritating the eyes and upper respiratory system.

The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) maintains a hotline to report fish kills, diseased fish or other abnormalities. Call 800-636-0511 to report such an incident.

If you would like to report human health issues related to exposure to red tide, call the Florida Poison Information Center at 800-222-1222.

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