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Red Tide Bloom 2018

Red Tide Status Report (August 3, 2018)

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida.

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in two samples collected from Pinellas County, background concentrations in two samples collected from Manatee County, background to high concentrations in 24 samples collected from or offshore of Sarasota County, low to high concentrations in 10 samples collected from Charlotte County, background to high concentrations in 27 samples collected from or offshore of Lee County, and very low to high concentrations in nine samples collected from Collier County.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

We continue to receive reports of fish kills in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, reports were received for two locations in Manatee County, and multiple locations in Sarasota County, in Charlotte County, in and offshore of Lee County, and in and offshore of Collier County. More detailed information is available at

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Manatee County (8/3 at Coquina Beach), Sarasota County (7/28 and 8/1-8/2 at Lido Key; 7/26-7/28, and 7/31-8/3 at Manasota Beach; 7/26-8/3 at Nokomis; 7/26 and 7/30-8/2 at Siesta Key; 7/26-7/29 and 7/31-8/3 at Venice Beach; 7/26-8/3 at Venice North Jetty), Lee County (7/26-8/3 at Bonita Beach; 7/31-8/3 at Bowman’s Beach; 7/26-7/27, 7/30 and 8/1 at Captiva; 7/27-7/29, 8/1 and 8/3 at Causeway Islands; 7/26-8/3 at Gasparilla Island; 7/31 and 8/2 at Light House Beach; 7/26-7/27, 7/30-8/1 and 8/3 at Lovers Key State Park; 7/26-7/28, 7/30-7/31 and 8/2 at Lynn Hall Beach Park; 7/27 and 7/29-8/2 at Newton Park), and Collier County (7/26-8/2 at Barefoot Beach; 7/29-8/2 at Seagate Beach; 7/26, 7/28, and 8/2 at South Marco Beach; 8/2 at Vanderbilt Beach).

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net northwestern transport of surface waters and southeastern movement of subsurface waters for most areas over the next three days.

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:

Red Tide Status Map (August 3, 2018)
Statewide Red Tide Counts July 26 through August 2, 2018
View a larger map Adobe PDF (PDF 276KB) (August 3, 2018)

Regional Status Reports and Maps (August 3, 2018)

Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 237KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 383KB) 
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 55KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 401KB) 
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 48KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 464KB)

To see detailed information on this week's samples, view the current Statewide Google Earth map for August 3, 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

The FWRI Red Tide Status Line is now available to callers throughout the state. FWRI updates the recording each Friday by 5 p.m. Red Tide Status Line: 866-300-9399 (toll-free inside Florida only); 727-552-2448 (outside Florida).

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.

FWC's Red Tide Action Report

Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico. Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.

FWC Actions and Partnerships:

  • FWC operates the toll-free fish kill hotline. To report fish kills, contact the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online. Reports from this hotline help FWC researchers track and better understand the impact of red tide in Florida.
  • FWC remains available to local agencies and partners in affected areas, including area business and tourism groups in southwest Florida. Any local agency or group that has any questions or concerns can contact Kelly Richmond from the FWC at 727-502-4784.
  • FWC continues to partner with the Florida Department of Health to advise residents and visitors of any potential health impacts. Residents and visitors can contact the DOH’s aquatic toxin experts at 850-245-4250 or contact their local health department for any concern about health safety.
  • FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory work together to monitor Karenia brevis. This cooperative effort is designed to help mitigate the adverse impacts of red tide. This joint research program that includes red tide monitoring, research and public outreach and education has resulted in better tools and ongoing monitoring for red tides along the Gulf Coast.
  • In partnership with the FWC, the Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides (CPR) at the University of South Florida offer a new Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) tracking tool that generates a 3.5-day forecast of the bloom trajectories.
  • To protect public health, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) group closely monitors the status of K. brevis on Florida’s coasts, providing technical support to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACSExternal Website), the agency that regulates approved shellfish harvesting areas.  
  • Since 2000, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute established a Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program, which is a volunteer program for citizens to help collect water samples from routine collection points and sites reported for suspected harmful algal blooms (HABs).The timely sampling by volunteers allows researchers to provide an early warning of offshore algal blooms and investigate reported events as they occur. The Program needs volunteers to collect samples from all coastal Florida counties. To view more information visit, Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program or use the Volunteer SignUp Form.

Red Tide Resources

Previous Regional Status Reports and Maps

July 27, 2018
Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 225KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 382KB) 
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 45KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 271KB) 
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 55KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 463KB)
Google Earth mapExternal Website

July 20, 2018
Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 233KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 385KB) 
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 54KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 400KB) 
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 38KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 464KB)
Google Earth mapExternal Website

July 13, 2018
Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 123KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 292KB) 
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 64KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 401KB) 
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 45KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 347KB)
Google Earth mapExternal Website

July 6, 2018
Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 141KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 403KB) 
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 45KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 290KB) 
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 42KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 479KB)
Google Earth mapExternal Website

Additional archived status maps can be found on FlickrExternal Website

Key for Results

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

Hotlines and Information Sources


Sign Up for the Waves Boat & Social Club Networking Group!

Did you know that Waves Boat & Social Club has a networking feature as well?!? The Waves networking group currently features about 50 members who enjoy meeting new people & friends to adventure in things like fishing, sailing, watersports, card games, pet friendly beach days and more! Sound like fun? Join today!

12th Annual Member Appriciation Picnic

Hey boaters! Here at Waves our first priority in every feild is you. We appriciate your dedication and input for the club. We like to take a day out of every year to show you just how much you mean to us with Free Food, games, prizes and fun! If you attended or not we thank you for being a member here with us. Hope to see you next year!


Please enjoy these pictures turned in from our president and founder: Carissa Ellis Dressel

Thank you!

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Moments from our New Manatee River Cruise!

Welcome Back Snow Birds! The Manatee River Cruise is fun and adventurous for the whole family. Join Caption Doug on a journey through the Manatee River as we enjoy the scenery and cruise the intra-coastal. Its great for all ages, plus you can bring friends, family, co-workers, members or not, you bring em! We can fill up more than one boat, but spots are still limited, so sign up today!

Enjoy these pictures of our excursion sent in by: Nick Hunt.

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Another Great Boating Day with Captain Doug

What a day! The Venice to Stump Pass Cruises have been a big hit, and they just keep on getting better! As Captain Doug takes you from our Venice location to our newest location at Stump Pass Marina, you will visit beautiful islands and beaches looking at beautiful scenery and socializing with other fantastic members like yourself. Members hike, shell and picnic, some even buy lunch at Caption Dougs favorite stop Rum Bay Bar and Resturaunt. Come along with us on our next Venice to Stump Pass ride on Friday, November 18, 2016. Call in and sign up now at (941) 795-1600. Hope to see you there!

Here are some pictures sent in by: (member) Elaine Fox:

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Egmont Key Halloween Adventure Cruise!

Come enjoy a relaxing lunchtime cruise to Egmont Key. BYOBeverage and a packed lunch. We will be leaving from our Cortez location on Monday, October 31st.  We will be traveling the intra-coastal towards Tampa Bay, passing Passage Key and docking at Egmont.  For those adventurous members you can tour the island, see the ruins, search for shells and get some exercise.  Don't forget your hats, sunscreen, towels, Halloween costumes, candy, etc. The event will be from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., so please arrive at the docks no later than 9:45a.m..

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Lu, Gwen or Sarah at 795-1600 between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, no later than Noon on Friday, October 28th.  Let us know your name and member number, the number of people attending, and the method of payment when you call.  The cost is $25.00 per person plus tax ($26.63 with tax by cash or check (no change available for cash), $27.42 by credit card), or $40.00 per couple plus tax ($42.60 with tax by cash or check (no change available for cash), $43.88 by credit card).

This Egmont Key Halloween Adventure will be Spook-tacular

What a Beautiful Night!

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A Seagull Bit My Finger

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