Red Tide and Fish Kills Reported by FWC in Charlotte Harbor and South into Captiva Island
The (FWC) Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission releases a twice a week report on Red Tide and it's status along our beaches.
The report tis past Friday (3/26/21) reported issues in Charlotte Harbor and south into Lee County, the Fort Myers area. Check out the latest "Red Tide" Map from the FWC Here:
On Friday, 3/26/21
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis ,persists in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, K. brevis was detected in 39 samples. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) were observed in four samples from or offshore of Lee County.
- In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in and offshore of Lee County, and background to low concentrations in and offshore of Collier County.
- In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed..
- Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
A fish kill suspected to be related to red tide was reported over the past week in Lee County. For more details, please visit:https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.
Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Southwest Florida in Lee and Collier counties. Additional details are provided in the Southwest Coast report and for current information, please visit:https://visitbeaches.org/.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net northern transport of surface waters and minimal net movement of subsurface waters in most areas over the next four days.
The next complete status report will be issued on April 2nd. Please check our daily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on our Red Tide Current Status page. For more information on algal blooms and water quality, please visit Protecting Florida Together.
This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.
To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.