Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.)Current Conditions
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week.Patchy Trichodesmium blooms appear to have moved south and east (offshore of Monroe County), based on satellite chlorophyll imagery provided by USF and NOAA. This alga was only present at trace levels in a few nearshore samples collected in Southwest Florida. This alga blooms each year, has not been shown to be toxic in Florida’s waters, and often resembles sawdust but can change color as it decomposes. For more information, please see recent posts on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FLHABs) and information about Trichodesmium on our website  (https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/general/trichodesmium/). No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week (please see https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline).No reports of respiratory irritation were received over the past week.Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict southern movement of surface waters and net southeastern transport of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days.The next complete status report will be issued on Friday, July 17th. Please check our daily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on our Red Tide Current Status page. For more information on algal blooms and water quality, please visit Protecting Florida Together.This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.    The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have a facebook page.  Please like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.