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    Current Conditions
    A patchy bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in Southwest Florida this past week. “High” cell concentrations (>1 million cells per liter) were observed in Sarasota County and offshore of Collier County.  Additional details from statewide sampling are provided below.

    In Southwest Floridaover the past week,  brevis was observed at background concentrations offshore of Hillsborough County, background to low concentrations in Manatee County, background to high concentrations in Sarasota County, background concentrations in Charlotte County, background concentrations in Lee County, low to high concentrations offshore of Collier County, and low concentrations offshore of Monroe County.
    In Northwest Florida over the past week, brevis was not observed.
    Along Florida’s East Coast over the past week, brevis was not observed.
    Fish Kills
    No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported this week (please see

    Respiratory Irritation
    Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Additional details are provided in the Southwest Coast report.

    Forecast Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net southwestern transport of surface waters in most areas and southeastern movement of subsurface waters over the next four days.

    A midweek status update will be available on Wednesday, January 16th and the next complete status report will be issued on Friday, January 18th. Please check our daily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on our Red Tide Current Status page.

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