The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was present at background to low concentrations over the past week.
In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at background and very low concentrations in two samples collected from Pinellas County, background concentrations in five samples collected from Manatee County, background to low concentrations in eleven samples collected from Sarasota County, and background to low concentrations in four samples collected from Charlotte 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 southern, offshore movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days.
Please note that the FWRI offices are closed tomorrow, November 10th, in observation of Veteran’s Day. The next status update will be available on Friday, November 17th.
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