A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists alongshore of southwest Florida, with the highest concentrations detected so far this week alongshore of Charlotte County. Medium concentrations were detected alongshore of Sarasota County and medium to high concentrations were detected alongshore of Collier County. Low concentrations were also detected offshore of Charlotte County.

Fish kills and respiratory irritation continue to be reported from Sarasota County south through Lee County.

In other areas of Florida, one sample collected in the Indian River Lagoon (Brevard County) did not contain K. brevis. For updates visit www.myfwc.com.

Logo courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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