A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists on the Florida Gulf Coast. Over the past week, K. brevis was detected in 107 samples, with bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) observed in five samples from Pasco County, 25 samples from Pinellas County, 16 samples from Hillsborough County, seven samples from Manatee County, and 15 samples from Sarasota County.
Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in and offshore of Pasco County (in 13 samples). Samples collected offshore of Santa Rosa, Bay, Dixie, and Hernando counties did not contain K. brevis.
The latest Red Tide status updates are also available by phone any time from anywhere in Florida. To hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state please call 1-866-300-9399. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-502-4952. Standard calling charges may apply.
For more information on Red Tide, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website at: https://myfwc.com