Red tide not present in latest samples from Sarasota and Manatee

Low to medium levels of harmful algal blooms were still found in Pinellas County waters.

SARASOTA, Fla. — After months of sitting in the sand next to dead fish or watching the sunset with a tickle in your throat, the red tide has finally subsided on some Tampa Bay-area beaches.

For the first time in months, red tide was not detected at beaches in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for the harmful algal bloom known as red tide, was not found in any of the last samples withdrew the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from these areas.

Although conditions have improved for most waterways in the Tampa Bay area, we are not yet completely clear.

Low to medium levels of harmful algal blooms were again found in Pinellas County waters, while medium to high levels were detected in the latest samples from Pasco County.

However, we are much better off than just a few months ago when 1,823 tons of dead marine life were removed from Pinellas County alone. That’s over 3.6 million pounds.

You can view the latest fish kill reports from the FWC here.

Red tide is one of water’s deadliest enemies, and it occurs nearly every summer along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Some years, however, are worse than others.

Blooms can last as little as a few weeks or more than a year and may even fade and then recur, according to FWC.

Keep in mind that conditions can change daily, so it’s best to check on them before packing your beach bag.

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