Red tide persists on southwest Florida coast
A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists alongshore of southwest Florida, with the highest concentrations detected so far this week alongshore of Charlotte County. Medium concentrations were detected alongshore of Sarasota County and medium to high concentrations were detected alongshore of Collier County. Low concentrations were also detected offshore of Charlotte County.
Fish kills and respiratory irritation continue to be reported from Sarasota County south through Lee County.
Sampling will continue this week, and complete results will be available in the next scheduled status report on Friday, January 25.
The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory, have created a facebook page where you can learn about the Florida Red Tide and other Harmful agal blooms. Please visit and like our page today at: http://www.facebook.com/FLHABs.
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