The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has detected low to medium concentrations of naturally-occurring red tide in water samples taken Sunday, Sept. 30, off the coast of Palm Beach County.
Red tide has been documented in Florida since the 1840’s and, as stated in red tide FAQ’s available on the FWC website, can be transported around the Gulf of Mexico as coastal waters move with winds and currents. Some red tides have even been carried by the Gulf Stream current into the Atlantic Ocean as far north as Delaware.
Since the early 1950’s, red tide has been documented on the east coast eight times.
The FWC will enhance monitoring and testing.
The concentrations observed in this isolated area are lower than the high concentrations observed on the Gulf coast.
Red tides on the east coast are rarer and typically of shorter duration than those on the Gulf coast.