Tag: tampa bay

Tampa Bay area counties have spent millions dealing with the red tide

For weeks high levels of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, have been detected off some of the most popular beaches. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — All is calm along the beaches of the Tampa Bay area this holiday season. But not so long ago, the shores were littered with thousands of Dead Sea life. Red […]

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 […]

Red Tide Beach report: Concentrations ‘high’ along Gulf Coast

Some beaches are better than others in the Tampa Bay area. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay just can’t seem to shake off the red tide. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently noted high concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, were measured along the Gulf Coast from Pinellas counties to Sarasota […]

High red tide levels found on Sarasota County beaches

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health is reminding residents of Sarasota County of the high levels of red tide found at local beaches. The following beaches were found to have a higher number of red tides following Monday’s beach water samples: Rowboat key Bird Key Park/Ringling Causeway North Lido Lido Casino […]

Red tide picks up strength off Pinellas coast • St Pete Catalyst

After two weeks of slow dissipation along the Pinellas County coast, Karenia brevis – the harmful algal bloom that causes the red tide – seems to be gaining strength. According to the latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) sampling, a low concentration of K.brevis persists from the southern tip of Pinellas north to Indian […]

Red tide levels show improvement along Florida’s Gulf Coast

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, has been observed in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties. PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida – An uneven red tide bloom continues to persist along Florida’s Gulf Coast, but concentration levels are believed to be lower than in previous weeks. Daily samples of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission show […]

The red tide continues to contaminate the Tampa Bay area

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, has been observed along Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. FLORIDA, USA – The red tide persists along Florida’s Gulf Coast, but conditions are starting to improve from earlier this year. The patchy bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was detected in 99 samples, according to the […]

The tourism industry in Florida lost millions thanks to the red tide

The study can provide some insight into the damage this year’s red tide has had on the local economy. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – As Tampa Bay and much of southwest Florida begin the process of recovering from this summer’s devastating red tide surge, researchers have estimated the damage the harmful algal bloom has caused to […]

Here’s how climate change could make future Red Tide blooms worse

Red tide blooms have been plaguing Florida for hundreds of years at least, and scientists say they’re going nowhere. But could they get worse? It is certainly possible in a warming world. The first problem is that scientists don’t know enough to predict what will happen. “There is a lot of speculation about the impact […]

Deaths of rare sea turtles and manatees attributed to red tide toxin

TAMPA BAY, FL – After a brief period of improvement last weekend, Pinellas County officials say red tide conditions have now worsened along the Pinellas coast, resulting in the death of manatees threatened and endangered sea turtles. Pinellas County water quality monitoring on Tuesday showed medium and high cell counts of K shortthe organism that […]

Red tide likely responsible for fly population surge: experts

Researchers have recorded similar increases in fly populations after previous natural disasters, including hurricanes and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – If you feel like the flies have been very “swarming” this summer, you’re not alone. The Tampa Bay area’s social media is “buzzing” with complaints of people noticing flies in their […]

Red tide levels in Tampa Bay are at their highest in years, study finds

Research compiled from the FWC and NOAA shows that red tide levels have not been so high since 1971 in Middle Tampa Bay. TAMPA, Fla .– Red tide cleanup efforts have been suspended in Pinellas County, but the impacts of toxic algae blooms continue to impact the Tampa Bay area. If you thought this year’s […]

Red Tide FAQ: What to know about the bloom impacting Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The red tide is back along Florida’s Gulf Coast, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – and it’s back with a vengeance. As memories of a severe bloom from several years ago linger, coupled with concerns about a sewage breach at Piney Point in Manatee County earlier this […]

Red Tide Update: Flower Concentrations Found in 5 Tampa Bay Counties

Red tide at North Shore Park on July 15, 2021. (WFLA Photo/Megan Gannon) TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Red tide concentrations were detected in 86 water samples from five counties in the Tampa Bay area this week, according to the latest update from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The update released on Friday evening […]

Some fear the high levels of the red tide will wreak havoc on seagrass beds, causing more problems for marine life

SARASOTA COUNTY (WFLA) – There has been a record number of manatee deaths so far in 2021. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recorded 841 deaths between January 1 and July 2. That number surpasses the state’s annual record since the rear in 2013. Scientists blame the poor water quality in the Indian River […]

Red tide creeping south, high levels affecting Sarasota and Manatee counties

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Red tide has been plaguing Tampa Bay and parts of Pinellas County for weeks. Now the harmful algal bloom is heading south. The latest red tide sample map from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows high concentrations of red tide from Anna Maria Island to Turtle Beach on […]

Could the Tampa Bay red tide be linked to the Piney Point disaster?

Red Tide has arrived in Tampa Bay. A patchy bloom suspected to be the cause of fish kills on the Pinellas Coast and around Port Manatee emerged two months after 215 million gallons of sewage was pumped into the estuary from the site of a former fertilizer factory. People already have suspicions. But can we […]

Ride Tidal Report: Samples Detected in Sarasota County

It’s still too early to tell if Piney Point’s nutrient-rich sewage is causing a red tide bloom. SARASOTA, Fla. — Red tide-related fish deaths have been reported over the past week in Sarasota County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The agency said in its midweek update it continues to detect down […]

Red tide warning signs will be placed on Sarasota County beaches

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows average red tide levels in Sarasota County. SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — Department of Health officials say there are high levels of red tide in and around Sarasota County beaches. And, signs warning people of red tide in the water will be posted at select Sarasota County beaches […]

Red tide reported in Sarasota County near Turtle Beach

Low red tide levels were measured near Turtle Beach this week after weeks of occasional high levels farther south. SARASOTA, Florida – Red tide is an unusually persistent harmful algal bloom in our water caused by Karenia brevis, a type of algae that produces powerful neurotoxins. It can be deadly to marine life. Toxins can […]

Back To Top