A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in Charlotte, Lee, and Monroe counties in Southwest Florida.
In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in six samples collected from Charlotte County, very low to low concentrations in four samples collected from Lee County, and low concentrations in four samples collected from Monroe County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
A fish kill in Lee County and slight respiratory irritation in Sarasota County were reported over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides predict net southern, offshore transport of surface waters and southern, onshore transport of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days.
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