Red Tide Shows Improvement in Latest October Report

Conditions are improving although levels of red tide concentration are present in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The red tide is not completely out of the area, but concentration levels have dropped over the past week.

Looking ahead to the weekend, in the latest report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the red tide shows a bottom at elevated concentrations in five samples taken in and off Pinellas County, a bottom at average concentrations in six samples collected in and off Manatee County and history of high concentrations in nine samples collected in and off Sarasota County.

The low numbers reported this Friday prove a sharp drop in the concentration of the patchy bloom from the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, compared to Wednesday’s red tide report where Sarasota County found backgrounds to high concentrations in 50 samples.

According to FWC’s red tide map, concentrations are greatest near North Lido Beach at Bay Dock in Sarasota Bay.

Pass-A-Grille Beach also shows average concentration levels. On the bright side, Clearwater Bech, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach show no signs of red tide.

You can check out the latest Fishkill 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.

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

Local researchers and scientists working to find solutions to the red tide said climate change and human activity remain a concern and a contributing factor.

They say that even though red tide occurs naturally, people and communities must do their part to lessen its intensity.

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