A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists from Sarasota to Lee counties in Southwest Florida.
In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in five samples collected from Sarasota County, background to medium concentrations in eight samples collected from Charlotte County, and very low to high concentrations in nineteen samples collected from Lee County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Reports of slight respiratory irritation in Sarasota and Pinellas counties were received over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides predict northern transport followed by southern transport of surface and subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days.
Next week we will issue a full Red Tide Status Report on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
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