We did not have this situation as bad in former years. Maybe it is global warming or something left over from the deepwater horizon spill.
Either way a bit of honesty would be nice. When the report shows no respirator
Maybe we need more of a citizen reporting as opposed to the scientists
Please be advised a full detailed Red Tide report, including data tables, regional maps, and an interactive Google Earth map, will be available on Friday, April 27th on the FWC website at: MyFWC.com/RedTide.
MIDWEEK RED TIDE STATUS UPDATE: A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida.
In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to low concentrations in four samples collected from Charlotte County, ba...ckground to medium concentrations in twenty-two samples collected from and offshore of Lee County, very low to high concentrations in fifteen samples collected from and offshore of Collier County, and very low concentrations in two samples collected from and offshore of Monroe County.
Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.
Over the past week, fish kills were reported in Southwest Florida in Lee County (at Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Gasparilla Island, Lighthouse Beach, Lovers Key State Park, Lynn Hall Beach Park, Newton Park and Tarpon Bay) and Collier County (at Barefoot Beach, Clam Bay, Gordon Pass, Seagate Beach, and Vanderbilt Beach). Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Lee County (4/20 - 4/21, and 4/24 at Bonita Beach; 4/19 and 4/22 at the Causeway Islands; 4/18 – 4/19 and 4/21 – 4/24 at Lovers Key; 4/19 and 4/22 – 4/24 at Newton Park) and Collier County (4/17 and 4/19 – 4/24 at Barefoot Beach; 4/23 at Clam Bay; 4/24 at Seagate Beach; 4/24 at South Marco Beach; 4/19 and 4/24 at Vanderbilt Beach).
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net southern movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters over the next three days.
The Beach Conditions Reporting System (www.visitbeaches.org) allows trained beach sentinels to report beach conditions, including the effects resulting from blooms of the harmful algal species, Karenia brevis, commonly known as Florida red tide.
Reports of "some" to "many" dead fish are shown from Newton Park, Lovers Key, Bonita, Barefoot, South Marco, Vanderbilt, and Seagate beaches. Reports of respiratory irritation are listed at Bonita (slight), Lovers Key (moderate), Barefoot (moderate), Vanderbilt (intense), and Seagate (moderate) beaches.
If you experience effects of red tide, please help us by reporting through the smartphone application, "CSIC" whcih is free from Google Play or iTunes stores.