Red tide levels lowest they’ve been in past year

Red tide levels lowest they’ve been in past year
Longboat Pass has background concentrations of red tide.

SARASOTA (WWSB) - There’s good news for beachgoers! Red tide levels are the lowest they’ve been in more than a year.

A report just released by Florida Fish and Wildlife shows that Longboat Pass along the Sarasota Bay is the only area of the Suncoast that is experiencing any trace of red tide. The rest of Manatee County and all of Sarasota County are clear.

Even along the water’s edge at Longboat Pass, there’s only what’s called ‘background concentrations’ of red tide. That means the level of red tide is so low that it’s not going to effect respiratory issues or kill marine life.

Residents that frequent Longboat Pass and were just there Friday morning say for the most part red tide seemed to disappear weeks ago.

To our south, both Charlotte and Lee counties are still experiencing low and medium concentrations of red tide. In Charlotte County, according to FWC, the red tide is still killing sea life.

Copyright 2019 WWSB. All rights reserved.