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Red Tide Report (Update)

 Red Tide Status Update for August 24, 2018


Current Conditions
A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and currently extends from Pinellas to Collier counties along ~145 miles of coastline. Observations of >1,000,000 K. brevis cells per liter (“high” concentrations) continue to occur at coastal and inshore sites from Manatee to northern Collier counties, and minimal change in cell concentrations was observed for most areas relative to last week. Coastal currents important for transporting cells of K. brevis continue to alternate between predominantly northern or southern flow. Aerial surveys from Pinellas to northern Charlotte counties indicated the presence of offshore blooms of the marine cyanobacterium, Trichodesmium. More specific details are provided below.

  • In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in Pinellas County, very low to high concentrations in Manatee County, background to high concentrations in Sarasota County, low to high concentrations in or offshore of Charlotte County, very low to high concentrations in or offshore of Lee County, and background to high concentrations in Collier County. For additional information, view the Southwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF

  • In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Escambia County. For additional information, view the Northwest Coast report Adobe PDF and map Adobe PDF.

  • Additional samples collected along the east coast of Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis. For additional information, view the East Coast report Adobe PDF and   map Adobe PDF.

Fish Kills
Over the past week, reports were received for multiple locations in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties. More detailed information is available at

Respiratory Irritation
Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties. For additional information, view the Southwest Coast report Adobe PDF. 

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict variable movement of surface waters, with net southern transport in most offshore areas and net northern transport close to shore, and net southeastern transport of subsurface waters over the next three days.

Red Tide Status Map (August 24, 2018)
View a larger map Adobe PDF
 (August 24, 2018)

To see detailed information on this week's samples, view the current Statewide Google Earth map for August 24, 2018External Website

By using Google Earth, you can zoom in to specific locations and click on stations to see detailed information, including sample date and cell concentration. You must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view this map; the software can be downloaded from the Google Earth websiteExternal Website

Latest Red Tide Status Report Available by Phone
Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-552-2448. Standard calling charges apply.

Reports are updated on Friday afternoon except during holidays, in which case the report will be released on the closest day. Additional information, if available, is provided on Wednesday afternoon. To receive an e-mail when the current status has been updated, visit our subscription area.

Additional Information
For additional information about red tide and the current red tide bloom, including information on how to report a fish kill or other wildlife effects, consult health authorities about human exposure, or locate other resources, visit our Red Tide-Related Hotlines and Information Sources article.

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Information

Additional information regarding the current status of algal blooms in South Florida is being consolidated and posted on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website:


DescriptionKarenia breviscells/literPossible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT - BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures > 5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000

As above plus discoloration

A Seagull Bit My Finger

On this past cold and windy (15-20 knots) Monday, March 18th, the Waves fishing clinic set off on a regularly scheduled offshore fishing clinic.  There were 4 members and our own dock staff Trevor, who was running this great and popular boating social event. They left Waves Boat Club bright and early on this cool and unpredictable day from our Bradenton, Florida location.  They were on a Waves club boat; a 21' Proline center console with a 200 4X Yamaha.  They headed 6.5 miles offshore from Longboat Pass into the Gulf of Mexico hoping to find some fish!

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On their way to their fishing destination, they saw a plethora of Florida sea life such as sea turtles and birds.  Once they arrived at their charted location there was no bad visibility however, it was rough all right!    Fortunately, everyone was in good spirits and ready to find some fish. 

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With the use of a Lowrance GPS and the expert fishing skills of Trevor they  were able to find the right spot. They caught Gray Snapper, Grouper, Porgies and Remora.   

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They also, unfortunatelycaught a Seagull!!!!!  While helping the Seagull get free he got (understandably so) very scared and/or angry and bit one of the passengers on his finger!  He didn’t even squawk (neither the seagull nor the member, ha ha).  Luckily no person or gull was hurt.  It started to rain a bit and they headed back…happy, with a little more fishing knowledge and a new respect for Seagulls.