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Small levels of red tide detected on Anna Maria Island

Posted at 2:40 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 17:18:06-04

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. - The latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation red tide tracking map shows a small concentration of red tide near Bradenton Beach.

FWC detected a very low concentration of the red tide at Longboat Pass Boat Ramp on Monday. This report comes as residents in the Sarasota Bar are already dealing with a different type of toxic algae.

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"It smells terrible, it smells like rotting stuff,” said resident Joseph DeFrancesco.

DeFrancesco lives just off of Sarasota Bay. Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae washed ashore on Sunday. DeFrancesco is worried about the potential of having blue-green algae and red tide in Sarasota Bay.

"Who is to say is it man caused or is mother nature doing it, is it going to get worse, neither one of us can say that,” said DeFrancesco.

Scientists with Mote Marine said it is too early to tell if the low levels of red tide will start a bloom. FWC scientist plan to monitor water conditions.

There were no noticeable sings of red tide such as respiratory problems or dead fish on Anna Maria Island Wednesday.

Click here for the FWC Red Tide Tracking Map.