The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists at background and very low concentrations in Southwest Florida.
Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Pinellas County; background concentrations in one sample collected from Manatee County; background concentrations in three samples collected from Sarasota County; background to very low concentrations in six samples collected from Charlotte County; background concentrations in two samples collected from Lee County; and background concentrations in one sample collected from Collier County.
One sample collected from the East Coast (Brevard County) contained background concentrations of K. brevis. Two samples collected from the Northwest Coast (Bay and Gulf counties) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
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 northern movement of surface waters, net export of estuarine waters, and no net movement of subsurface waters from Pinellas to northern Lee counties over the next three days.
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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