Red Tide Current Status
Red Tide Status Update for February 20, 2020
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was present in samples collected in Northwest and Southwest Florida over the past week. Additional details are provided below.
- In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in Manatee County, background to very low concentrations in and offshore of Sarasota County, and background concentrations in and offshore of Charlotte County. For additional information, view the Southwest Coast report and map.
- In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Bay County. For additional information, view the Northwest Coast report and map.
- Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. For additional information, view the East Coast report and map.
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 suspected to be related to red tide were received over the past week.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net southwestern movement of surface waters and net southeastern transport of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days.
View a larger map (February 20, 2020).
To see detailed information on this week's samples, view the current Statewide Google Earth map for February 20, 2020.
By using Google Earth, you can zoom in to specific locations and click on stations to see detailed information, including sample date and cell concentration. You must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view this map; the software can be downloaded from the Google Earth website.
The next complete status report will be issued on Friday, February 28th. Please check our daily sampling map which can be accessed from the top of this page.
Latest Red Tide Status Report Available by Phone
Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-502-4952. Standard calling charges apply.
Reports are updated on Friday afternoon except during holidays, in which case the report will be released on the closest day. Additional information, if available, is provided on Wednesday afternoon. To receive an e-mail when the current status has been updated, visit our subscription area.
For additional information about red tide and the current red tide bloom, including information on how to report a fish kill or other wildlife effects, consult health authorities about human exposure, or locate other resources, visit our Red Tide-Related Hotlines and Information Sources article.
Blue-Green Algae Bloom Information
Additional information regarding the current status of algal blooms in South Florida is being consolidated and posted on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website: https://floridadep.gov/dear/algal-bloom.
Key for Results
|Description||K. brevis abundance||Possible effects (K. brevis only)|
|NOT PRESENT- BACKGROUND||background levels of 1,000 cells or less||no effects anticipated|
|VERY LOW||> 1,000 - 10,000 cells/L||possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures when cell abundance equals or exceeds 5,000 cells/L|
|LOW||> 10,000 - 100,000 cells/L||respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures; possible fish kills; probable detection of chlorophyll by satellites at upper range of cell abundance|
|MEDIUM||> 100,000 - 1,000,000 cells/L||respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures; probable fish kills; detection of surface chlorophyll by satellites|
|HIGH||> 1,000,000 cells/L||as above, plus water discoloration|