Red Tide: High concentrations increase offshore in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 24, 2018

The newest Red Tide report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reveals an increase in concentration over the past week.

Patchy bloom conditions remain in Southwest Florida, Northwest Florida and along portions of Florida's East Coast.

According to the FWC, the concentrations of Red Tide have generally increased from northern Lee County to central Pinellas County.

High concentrations have been reported in and/or offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, and northern Sarasota Counties. Medium concentrations were also detected in these same areas.

In Northwest Florida over the past week, Red Tide was observed in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton and Pasco Counties. 

Along the East Coast, high concentrations were reported in Brevard, Indian River, and St. Lucie Counties.

Fish kills continue to happen in Pinellas Manatee, and Collier counties.

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.