Red Tide Status – Florida Southwest Coast January 2, 2015 Present Status: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in samples collected throughout southwest Florida over the past two weeks. No samples were analyzed over the past two weeks from Sarasota and Monroe counties. Date Collected Pinellas - Hillsborough County Alongshore/Inshore Offshore Site Location Collector not present - Pier 60; Clearwater Beach Volunteer not present - Clearwater Pass (2) FWRI not present - Redington Pier (2) FWRI 12/22* & 12/29 not present - Mullet Key; Gulf Pier (2) FWRI - 12/22* & 12/29 not present - - 12/22* & 12/29 not present - - 12/22* & 12/29 not present - - 12/22* & 12/29 not present - - 12/22* & 12/29 not present - 12/23* not present - Englewood Beach ChCPRCR Boca Grande Pier (Gasparilla Sound) ChCPRCR - 12/22* 12/22* & 12/29 12/22* & 12/29 Tampa Bay system Manatee Skyway Fishing Pier; South (Lower Tampa Bay) (2) Fletcher Point (Lower Tampa Bay) (2) Anna Maria Island Rod and Reel Pier (Lower Tampa Bay) (2) Palma Sola Bay Bridge (2) Longboat Pass Boat Ramp (Sarasota Bay) (2) FWRI FWRI FWRI FWRI FWRI Charlotte - 12/23* not present - - 12/27 - not present - 12/27 - not present not present - not present - not present - Lighthouse Beach (2) LCEL not present - Lynn Hall Park (2) LCEL not present - Lovers Key State Park (2) LCEL not present - Bonita Beach Park (2) LCEL Lee - 12/23* & 12/30 12/23* & 12/30 12/23* & 12/30 12/23* & 12/30 12/23* & 12/30 12/23* & 12/30 Cayo Costa; 4.4 mi W of North Captiva Island; 15 mi W of South Seas Plantation Entrance (2) Tarpon Road Beach (2) Volunteer Volunteer LCEL LCEL County Date Collected Alongshore/Inshore Offshore Site Location Collector Pine Island Sound system Darling Key; NW of (Water Turkey Bayou) Estero Island (Estero Bay) Long Key (Estero Bay) Bonita Beach (Estero Bay) - 12/27 not present - Volunteer - 12/23* not present - - 12/23* not present - - 12/23* not present - - 12/22* not present - Vanderbilt Beach CCHD - 12/22* not present - Seagate CCHD - 12/22* not present - CCHD - 12/22* not present - - 12/22* not present - - 12/22* not present - Naples Pier Big Marco Pass; 951 Boat Ramp Big Marco Pass; Snook Inn Goodland Bridge - 12/22* not present - Caxambas Park RBNERR - 12/22* not present - South Marco Beach CCHD - 12/30 not present - Volunteer - 12/30 not present - Kice Island Cape Romano Island; S of EBAP EBAP EBAP Collier RBNERR RBNERR RBNERR Volunteer * = indicate samples from the previous week which had not yet been reported. ** = samples are not necessarily in geographical order. Note: CCHD = Collier County Health Department; ChCPRCR = Charlotte County Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources; EBAP = Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve; FWRI = Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; LCEL = Lee County Environmental Laboratory. Number in parentheses = number of samples collected. Unless otherwise indicated, sample was taken at surface. S= Surface, M = Mid, B= Bottom. Key for Results Description Karenia brevis cells/liter NOT PRESENT-BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 LOW >10,000 to 100,000 MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 HIGH >1,000,000 Possible Effects (K. brevis only) None anticipated Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures > 5,000 cells/L Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills As above plus discoloration Red Tide-Related Hotlines and Information Sources Latest Red Tide Status Report by Phone Call (866) 300-9399 at anytime from anywhere in Florida toll-free to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. FWRI updates the recording each Friday by 5 p.m. Callers outside of Florida can dial (727) 5522448. Standard calling charges apply. Fish and Wildlife Hotlines and Reporting Contacts FWRI Fish Kill Hotline The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) maintains this hotline through a federally funded project to survey fish-related diseases and mortalities. Call (800) 636-0511 (toll-free) to report fish kills, diseased fish, or fish with other abnormalities. Leave a detailed report and contact information on the recorded message. A biologist will contact the caller, usually the following workday, if more information is needed. Please do not call the FWRI Fish Kill Hotline to request dead fish cleanup; local municipalities are responsible for dead fish cleanup, usually only on public beaches. FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline: (888) 404-3922 (toll-free) If you find a dead, sick, or injured manatee or sea turtle, or you would like to report a wildlife law violation, please call FWC’s 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number. Hotlines and Reporting Sites for Effects on Humans Florida Poison Information Center: (800) 222-1222 (toll-free) If you would like to report health issues related to exposure to red tide, please call the Florida Poison Information Center at 800-222-1222. Additional information on the health effects of Florida red tide can be found on the Florida Department of Health website. Information Sources Mote Marine Laboratory’s Beach Conditions Report provides up-to-date information about the effects of red tide on Florida Gulf coast beaches, including reports of dead fish, respiratory irritation among beachgoers, water color, and wind direction. The site also provides information on red drift algae and rip currents. At the University of South Florida (USF) College Of Marine Science, the Collaboration for the Prediction of Red Tides uses forecast models to track and predict harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the southeastern United States and reports current conditions. Experimental products include Karenia flag maps of bloom locations and 3.5-day HAB trajectory forecasts. The center is a cooperative venture with the FWC. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses satellite imagery, field observations, and buoy data to assess harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. A report of conditions and additional information appears on the NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System Web site. Outreach and social media products about Florida red tide are available for viewing and download. Shellfish Harvesting Closures To protect public health, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) group closely monitors the status of K. brevis on Florida’s coasts, providing technical support to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the agency that regulates approved shellfish harvesting areas. Before harvesting in Florida waters, determine open or closed status by visiting the Department’s Division of Aquaculture Web site or calling a field office. Report prepared by Karen E. Atwood, FWC/FWRI, St. Petersburg, (727) 896-8626.
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