Red tide activity increasing in Pinellas, decreasing in southern counties

Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 15:32:25-04

High concentrations of red tide were observed offshore of Pinellas County in the new FWC red tide status report. However, parts of Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties showed decreased cell concentrations, indicating it may be moving north.

The high concentrations were observed 10 miles offshore of Pinellas County, the first 'high' concentration observation FWC has reported in the area.

Reports of fish kills were received for multiple locations in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.

Respiratory irritation was also reported over the past week in those counties.

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Forecasts predict net northwestern movement of surface waters and southeastern transport of subsurface waters over the next three days.