Florida waters are testing entirely free of red tide organism


The coastal waters of Florida are testing of the organism which causes red tide completely free for the first time since September 2017.

According to the report of The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of Florida (FWC), Karenia Brevis algae was not present in any water samples which were collected around the state in the past week.

A patchy, continuous bloom of red tide which lasted more than one year impacted the state’s wildlife, coastal industries, and tourism.

The bloom of red tide has tapered off since the recent months but only remained at high concentrations in the isolated areas. The last algae’s bloom concentrations were detected on Jan. 31 in Monroe County’s waters off.

A background concentration (1,000 cells of Karenia Brevis per liter of water) was detected in one water sample of Collier County last week. There were reports about fish kills in Collier County over the past week but not anywhere else in the state of Florida. The most recent sample map of FWC shows that red tide is not present at all water test sites in the state.

All waters off Anna Maria and Manatee County tested free of red tide again. The last red tide trace in the area was a background concentration of Longboat Pass on 28 of Jan. Respiratory irritation was reported in Pinellas County as well as Lee and Manatee counties.

Short-term red tide tracking maps which were produced by the Florida Wildlife Research Institute and the College of Marine Science at the South Florida University predict that waters in the west Florida shelf and the Tampa Bay region will remain red-tide-free over the next two days. FWC will deliver the next statewide red tide status report on Friday.

For more information, please call 866-300-9399 whenever and wherever in Florida to be issued the latest red tide status report. Please call 727-552-2448 if you are outside Florida.