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Red Tide Report

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Screenshot of FWC website map of SWFL Red Tide 04-14-21

We'll update this page regularly with the latest red tide information for Southwest Florida.

Red Tide Update for April 22, 2021

FWC Reports that in Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee and Sarasota Counties.
Suspected red tide-related fish kills were reported in Charlotte and Sarasota counties, and respiratory irritation was reported in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

FWC also says: FWC-FWRI is working closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and other partners on the Piney Point discharge response. Status updates are posted on the Protecting Florida Together website: https://protectingfloridatogether.gov/PineyPointUpdate

Red Tide Update for April 20, 2021

A large fish kill is being reported across Charlotte county. You'll note that while red tide numbers in Charlotte have fallen, this fish kill follows a high red tide event on 04-14-21.

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Screenshot of FWC website map of SWFL red tide 04-14-21

If you see a fish kill, be sure to report it to FWC by calling their fish kill hotline at 800-636-0511 or on their website.

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Screenshot of FWC website fish kill reports 04-20-21

If you have pictures of a fish kill, you can email them to WGCU's environmental reporter at Vvandepanne @ wgcu.org.

Red Tide Update for April 14, 2021

FWC reports that over the past week, K. brevis was observed in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota Counties.

A suspected red tide-related fish kill as well as respiratory irritation were reported in Sarasota County.

For current information, please visit: https://visitbeaches.org/.

Red Tide Update for April 9, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has rescinded its health alert for a red tide bloom near Bonita Springs Beach Park.

However, on Wednesday April 7, FWC reported K. brevis was present over the past week in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. It was not observed in Manatee County.

A suspected red tide-related fish kill was reported over the past week in Charlotte County, and respiratory irritation was reported in both Lee and Sarasota counties.

Please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research website for additional information on the locations where red tide has been found: myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/.

Red Tide Health Alert April 4, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) has notified the public of a red tide bloom near Bonita Springs Beach Park. Red Tide is also present in the Gulf.

Officials warn, "Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Usually symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors. Health officials recommend that people experiencing these symptoms stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, please contact your health care provider for evaluation."

The Department recommends that you:

  • Do not swim around dead fish at this location.
  • If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from this location. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
  • Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer's specifications).
  • If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.

Red Tide Update for April 1, 2021

According to FWS:

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida. K. brevis was detected in 48 samples collected over the past week.

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed in Charlotte, Collier, Lee and Sarasota Counties. A suspected red tide-related fish kill was reported in Collier County. And red tide-related respiratory problems persist in Sarasota and Lee Counties.

For current conditions, please visit: https://visitbeaches.org.

Red Tide Report for March 24, 2021

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports fish kills were reported in Southwest Florida over the past week, this time in Lee County.

Red tide related respiratory irritation was also reported in both Collier and Lee Counties.

Red tide was also found in samples from Charlotte, Collier, and Lee Counties.

Visit http://myfwc.com/fishkill and https://visitbeaches.org/ for more information.

Red Tide Health Alert for March 19, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) has issued multiple health alerts for Southwest Florida.

With red tide present in the Gulf, there are red tide blooms near Bonita Springs Beach Park, Lighthouse Beach Park, Lover’s Key State Park, Lynn Hall Beach Park, and Tarpon Bay Road Beach Access, the DOH is recommending that people experiencing red tide-related respiratory symptoms "stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, please contact your health care provider for evaluation."

The Department recommends that you:

  • Do not swim around dead fish at this location.
  • If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from this location. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
  • Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer's specifications).
  • If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.

Red Tide Update for March 17, 2021

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, K. brevis (red tide) was observed over the last week in Charlotte, Collier, Lee and Sarasota Counties.

No fish kills or respiratory- related problems were reported.

Red Tide Alert for March 12, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is notifying the public of a red tide bloom near Cayo Costa State Park.
The Department recommends that you:

  • Do not swim around dead fish at this location.
  • If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from this location. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
  • Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer's specifications).
  • If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

DOH-Lee has also rescinded alerts for red tide near Bonita Springs Beach Park, Little Hickory Island Beach Access, Lover’s Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach (Beach Access 13), Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lighthouse Beach Park, and Tarpon Bay Road Beach Access, as FWC reports the levels of the red tide are no longer a concern at these locations, at this time.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.

Please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research website for additional information on the locations where red tide has been found: myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/.

Red Tide Update for March 10, 2021

According to FWC:

  • In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low concentrations in Sarasota County (in one sample), very low to medium concentrations in Charlotte County (in nine samples), background to medium concentrations in Lee County (in 18 samples), and background to low concentrations in Collier County (in six samples). Samples from Pinellas, Manatee, and Monroe counties did not contain red tide.

Fish kill reports were made in Lee and Charlotte Counties, and respiratory ailments were reported in Collier, Lee, and Sarasota Counties.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.

Red Tide Health Alert for March 5, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is alerting the public to red tide-related health alert for Fort Myers Beach (Beach Access 13):

Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Usually symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors. Health officials recommend that people experiencing these symptoms stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, please contact your health care provider for evaluation.

Red Tide Update for March 5, 2021

According to FWC:

Fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week in Charlotte County. For more details, please visit: https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.

FWC also notes that red tide-related respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota counties.

According to FWC:

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, K. brevis was detected in 53 samples at background to medium concentrations.

To learn more about red tide in Florida, click here.

Red Tide Update for March 3, 2021

FWC reports a fish kill in Charlotte County, respiratory irritation in Lee and Collier Counties, and that red tide was found in 48 samples in the past week:

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low to low concentrations in Sarasota County (in eight samples), very low to low concentrations in Charlotte County (in five samples), background to medium concentrations in and offshore of Lee County (in 25 samples), background to low concentrations in and offshore of Collier County (in nine samples), and background concentrations offshore of Monroe County (in one sample). Samples from Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee counties did not contain red tide.

For information on fish kills visit http://myfwc.com/fishkill.

For current conditions,visit https://visitbeaches.org.

Red Tide Alert for March 2, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is alerting the public to red tide blooms near Tarpon Bay Road Beach Access.

The DOH-Lee says:

Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Usually symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors. Health officials recommend that people experiencing these symptoms stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, please contact your health care provider for evaluation.

The Department recommends that you:

  • Do not swim around dead fish at this location.
  • If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from this location. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
  • Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer's specifications).
  • If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.

Red Tide Alert for February 26, 2021

Updated March 1: An alert for South Seas Plantation Beach was issued as well.

There is a Health Alert for Bonita Springs Beach Park, from the Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) due to a red tide bloom.

The DOH-Lee says:

Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Usually symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors. Health officials recommend that people experiencing these symptoms stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, please contact your health care provider for evaluation.

The Department recommends that you:

  • Do not swim around dead fish at this location.
  • If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from this location. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
  • Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer's specifications).
  • If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.

Red Tide Update for February 24, 2021

Fish kills and red tide-related respiratory irritation were reported in the last week in Lee County. Fish kills were also reported in Collier County.

According to FWC:

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in Sarasota County (in one sample), very low concentrations in Charlotte County (in one sample), background to medium concentrations in Lee County (in 16 samples), and background to very low concentrations in Collier County (in three samples). Samples from Pinellas and Manatee counties did not contain red tide.

To report a Fish Kill call the Fish Kill Hotline: 800-636-0511

Red Tide Update February 19, 2021, 1pm

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is notifying the public of a red tide bloom near Lynn Hall Park.

Some people may experience respiratory problems as a result.

The Department recommends that you:

  • Do not swim around dead fish at this location.
  • If you have chronic respiratory problems, be careful and consider staying away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish from this location. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.
  • Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer's specifications).
  • If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.

Red Tide Mid-Week Update for February 17, 2021

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, red tide, a.k.a. K. brevis, "was observed at very low concentrations in Sarasota County (in one sample), background to very low concentrations in Charlotte County (in four samples), background to medium concentrations in Lee County (in 17 samples), and very low to medium concentrations in and offshore of Collier County (in 11 samples)."

Fish kills related to the red tide were reported in both Lee and Collier counties. Respiratory conditions related to red tide were also reported in Lee county.

Despite declining amounts of the red tide, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reports an increase in birds impacted by the toxic algae, with 60 royal terns being admitted to the CROW clinic for K. brevis-related health problems since February 1st. Thirty-eight have died.

Red Tide Mid-Week Update for February 11, 2021

According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, "Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Southwest Florida in Lee and Collier counties."

The organism responsible for toxic red tide blooms, Karenia brevis, is currently in Southwest Florida, earlier than usual. The FWC reports it found "medium" concentrations of Karenia brevis in 18 water samples taken both in and offshore of Lee County, and in "background to low" concentrations in 11 water samples taken in and offshore of Collier County.

FWC has not reported any recent fish kills related to the red tide.

To learn more and see the latest official information, visit https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=campaign