Friday, October 2, 2015

Red Tide Report 10/2/15

Our thanks to Robin Madden for passing this along:

From: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission [] 
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 12:53 PM
Subject: [SPAM] Red Tide Report 10/2/15

Red Tide Report 10/2/15

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 10/02/2015 12:39 PM EDT

Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present along and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties and adjacent to Franklin County in northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida
In the past week, K. brevis was detected in background to high concentrations in 11 samples collected in, and alongshore of, Bay and Gulf counties, and in background to low concentrations in 32 samples collected in and alongshore of Manatee County south to northern Charlotte County. One sample collected offshore of northern Lee County contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

Within the Gulf of Mexico, Karenia brevis was not detected in, or alongshore of, Escambia, Okaloosa, Franklin, Hernando, Pinellas, or Collier counties. No samples were analyzed this week from Santa Rosa, Walton, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Pasco, or Monroe counties.

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show slight southeast movement of surface bloom patches over the next three days in Northwest and Southwest Florida.
This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI 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 facebook page.  Please come like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.

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