A patchy bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida from Pinellas to Lee counties.
Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in three samples collected from Pinellas County; background to very low concentrations in six samples collected from Manatee County; background to medium concentrations in twenty-four samples collected from Sarasota County; very low concentrations in four samples collected from Charlotte County; and background to low concentrations in seventeen samples collected from Lee County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tidespredict net southern movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Collier counties over the next three days.
This week’s full Red Tide Status Report is being issued one day early; biweekly reporting (Wednesday and Friday) will resume next week.
Yeah, I was at Longboat key this past weekend. A lot of dead fish on the beach and floaters in the water at various degrees of decay. I was on a mission to bring back some sandfleas for bait – was using a shark tooth scooper mesh thing. Caught 5 rinky dink sandfleas. Five. About the size of a thumbnail. Sheesh
Lots of snook reported dead in St Pete and on the south shore.
In their condition, it is time to suspend the harvest. Things weren’t great but now they may REALLY be in trouble. This bloom extends all the way down to Fort Myers, and strong enough to be killing fish. It is very bad that it is well inside the mouth of Tampa Bay
Still on the news: Still hearing bad stories. It looked like it was easing up. Came back pretty bad. Moved a lot of fish. Catching fish in locations I hadn’t seen them since before the 2010 freeze.
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