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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

Sarasota Boating - Tips on How to Stay Safe on the Water

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Sarasota Boating Tips: Staying Safe on the Water

Sailing and boating in Sarasota are fun hobbies, but being out on the open water can be dangerous. Swells and storms can sometimes pop up unexpectedly and if you fall overboard, you can drown. With many hazards, even when staying nearby, there are several important safety tips you should follow anytime while at sea.


Lifejackets may seem uncool and ruin your tan, but they are lifesavers. If you fall overboard while out at sea, even the strongest swimmer might need assistance. You could be knocked unconscious when you fall, or you might have to tread water for hours before a rescue. By simply wearing a lifejacket, you can save your life by having something to support you in the water, even if you are unconscious or are too tired to tread water. You should always have enough lifejackets on board for everyone.


Communication is the number one way to remain safe while on the water. There are several communication aspects that you must ensure to follow. First, be sure to communicate with others before you even leave. Inform people who are remaining on land of your plan in case something happens and you do not return. Those on board should keep an open communication, with one person in charge. Additionally, be sure to have a radio, cell phone, and flares handy in case of emergency.

Trip Report and Forecast

Sarasota boating trips should begin before you even leave the dock. Come up with a plan prior to departure, and file a trip report over your radio or fill out paperwork with the coastguard or to boat club officials beforehand. This will ensure that someone knows your plan and can be alerted if you do not return. Additionally, check all weather and marine forecasts before leaving. You will want to remain at home if there are any severe storm warnings. The most dangerous thing is being caught in the middle of a terrible storm.

Remain Aware

Although oftentimes when you are out on the open water it seems as if you are all alone, you still need to remain aware. Although you may not crash into another boat, there are many other obstacles that may surface. Reefs, shallow sandbanks, rough waters, and storms can crop up. You will want to ensure that you are at peak performance at all times. This means no alcohol or drugs, and if you are feeling sleepy or sick, you might want to remain at home. Being aware of your surroundings and able to tackle any emergency could save your life.

Safety Check

Before you leave the dock, you should always perform a safety check on your boat. Even if you just used it, there could always be something new that happens. Check for any leaks, ensure that the motor is working properly, and make sure you have a secondary source of motor power in case the first fails. Before you leave, make sure you everything is fully serviced. Additionally, always carry food, water, a first aid kit, communication tools, knives, flashlights, and other supplies in case of emergency.

Spending all day at sea on a boat is a luxurious way to spend a day. However, it is dangerous and you want to ensure that you return safely home, able to enjoy another day of Sarasota boating. We'll see you on the water!

Top 10 Boating Tips - What You Need To Know!

Top 10 Boating Tips from Wave's Boat and Social Club

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The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful and the mood is perfect for a day out on the water with family and friends. However, before you depart to enjoy your boating trip, it's important to remember that safety should always come first.

At Wave's Boat and Social Club, boating safety is a top priority for us and we make sure all of our members have a firm understanding of the rules and regulations regarding boat safety and preparation.

Here's our list of the top 10 boating safety tips to ensure a safe and happy journey!

#1. Know the Weather

Always be sure to check the weather forecast prior to leaving the docks. In Sarasota especially, the weather can be quite unpredictable so it's extremely important to have knowledge of tides, currents, sunrise and sunset times and also any small craft advisory warnings.

#2. Have a Pre-Departure Checklist

Perhaps the most important boating tip, having a checklist of mandatory items before departing will help you be prepared for any situation on the water. Items to keep in mind include fuel levels, fire safety equipment, personal flotation devices, flashlights, batteries, emergency flares and of course, don't forget the sunscreen!

#3. Understand and Abide by Boating Safety and Navigational Rules

It's important to have a clear understanding of boating safety and navigational rules, including how boating instruments work, how to read boat speed and navigational signs and areas where boating is restricted. Failure to comply with boating laws could result in further penalties.

#4. Always Wear a Life Jacket

While they may not be the most fashionable items, wearing a suitable flotation device could mean the difference between surviving a boating accident or not. In fact, the majority of boating fatalities have been a result of people not wearing life jackets. Young children especially should have life jackets that fit properly, as well as adults.

#5. Don't Drink and Boat

Much like you wouldn't drink and then drive a car, boating and alcohol do not play well together. In 2009, 16% of all fatal boating accidents were a direct result of alcohol consumption. Be smart and leave the bottles on land. 

#6. Use Common Sense

Common sense is one of the most important boating tips that we can give you. Use your brain and understand that a boat is a big, heavy object and can cause damage just like any other vehicle. Be aware of "No Wake" zones and designated Manatee zones. Be sure to steer clear of large rocks and stay out of shallow waters where sea grass and rocks can be abundant. Use your better judgment when on the water!

#7. Have a Float Plan

From the suggestion of the U.S. Coast Guard, it's always important to have a float plan, advising family, friends or dock staff where you're planning to go boating, how long you'll be out for and when they should expect you back. Try to make this a habit before any boat trip. Not only will it give you peace of mind, but also allows for the proper officials to be notified if you don't return from your trip when expected.

#8. Learn to Swim

Being on the water, knowing how to swim should be no-brainer. Swimming is a vital skill not only for survival, but also in the event that you need to save someone who can't swim. Check out local organizations like the American Red Cross, who often have classes on proper swimming techniques for free.

#9. Have the Proper Documentation

Whether you're renting a boat through a boating club or you own a boat, being prepared with the right documentation is a must. Documentation can include ship papers, radio license, fishing permit, etc. which should be on board at all times.

#10. Familiarize Your Guests

Anyone who is planning on joining you for your boating adventure should be aware of the safety and emergency procedures, should a situation present itself. Before even leaving the dock, be sure that all guests understand what to do in an emergency situation and are able to operate the on-board communications, such as the radio and distress signals.

Boating is an exciting and fun activity for the entire family, but you always want to make sure that safety is at the forefront of your adventures on the open water. Follow the boating tips for safety above and you'll be sure to have a great time boating, with no worries at all. We'll see you on the water!

Boating In Florida - Choosing a Boat Club in Sarasota

Boating in Florida with Wave's Boat and Social Club

Boating in FloridaFlorida is a beautiful state, rich in scenery, historical value and home to the nation's #1 beach, Siesta Key. Most notable for it's sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and plenty of coastline to explore, Florida (especially Sarasota) could be called a "boater's paradise."

For most boating enthusiasts, enjoying the water requires a boat, basic navigation and marine skills and a zest for a little adventure! However, what if you don't own a boat? How can you still enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer without breaking the bank?

Well, the answer is actually quite simple: Join a Sarasota boat club!

What Is A Boating Club?

A boating club is simply an organization that boat lovers can join where, for a annual fee, they are granted access to use and enjoy different boats, community events and social gatherings in a community centered environment. Essentially, a boating club is exactly like owning your own boat, but without all of the headaches!

What Are the Benefits of Joining a Boat Club?

By becoming a part of Wave's Boat and Social Club, not only can you enjoy a sense of community and friendship, but there are many other benefits including:

  • Full training including:
    • Operation and procedures
    • Driving and parking
    • Reading markers
    • Understanding navigational charts
    • Emergency situation preparedness 
  • Save money with membership specials and deals.
  • Never worry about boat maintenance or repairs.
  • No insurance premiums.
  • No dock fees.
  • Membership is a fraction of the cost of buying a comparable boat.

How To Choose the Right Boat Club

Making the decision to join a boat club can be exciting, but also overwhelming. With so many different options for different boat clubs, deciding on the best one for you can be quite daunting. However, it doesn't have to be.

When choosing the right boat club in Sarasota, Florida ask yourself these questions:

  1. What are the annual fees and how do they compare to other boating club fees?
  2. How many locations does the boat club serve?
  3. Is there a sense of community in the club?
  4. How do the staff and other members treat you?
  5. Do you have to pay any hidden fees? (ie. no-show fees, advanced booking fees, etc.)
  6. How far in advance can you reserve a boat? Is it guaranteed?
  7. How many members per boat does the club have?
  8. What is the maintenance schedule like?
  9. How often will you be using your membership?
  10. What are the policies and requirements you must follow to become a member?
  11. How often can you use the boats?
  12. Are the boats maintained and serviced regularly?

Ask your potential boating staff these questions and listen to their answers. It's very important to consider the benefits vs. the features of the boat club you join, making sure that you are getting the biggest bang for your buck.

Becoming a member of any boating club is a wonderful experience, but make sure you take the time to make the right choice. Check out Wave's Boat and Social Club to learn more about our membership benefits and the abundant opportunities to become part of an excellent community!

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.