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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background to very low concentrations in 4 samples collected alongshore of Sarasota County, in very low concentrations in one sample collected offshore of Manatee County, and in background concentrations in 3 samples collected offshore of Charlotte County in Southwest Florida. Karenia brevis was also detected in very low to low concentrations in 4 samples collected alongshore of Gulf County in Northwest Florida. Additional samples collected throughout Florida so far this week did not contain K. brevis. Sampling efforts will continue and a full report will be available on Friday, September 25, 2015.
This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on theFWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.
To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.
The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have a facebookpage. Please come like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.