Red tide concentrations similar in most of our area despite Hurricane Michael

Posted at 5:09 PM, Oct 17, 2018

Red tide concentrations in the Tampa Bay area haven't changed much, despite Hurricane Michael, the latest status report from FWC said.

In southwest Florida, patchy concentrations were observed from Pinellas to Monroe counties. Relative to last week, FWC says those concentrations were similar in most area, but increased in parts of Monroe Co. and decreased in parts of Manatee Co.

Sarasota and Manatee counties each saw high concentrations at one site each. Medium concentrations of K. brevis also happened only in those counties.

</p><p>In Southwest Florida, reports of fish kills were received for Pinellas and Sarasota counties. 

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Southwest Florida (in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties).

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

Read the full report here.