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Red tide bloom persists on the Suncoast

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says a red tide is still present on the Suncoast.

According to a new report by FWC, a bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida. The report comes after several water samples were taken from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.

Over the past week, five samples observed background to low concentrations of K. Brevis in five samples collected from Manatee County, FWC says.

In Sarasota County, 28 Samples collected showed low to medium concentrations of the organism while six samples from Charlotte County also showed medium concentrations, according to the report.

To date, fish kills have been reported at Englewood Beach in Sarasota County and Gasparilla Sound and Little Gasparilla Beach in Charlotte County.

Additionally, Respiratory irritation has been reported at Lido key, Manasota Beach, Nokomis and Venice North Jetty, Siesta Beach, and Venice Beach.

For more information and to see the latest red tide report visit the FWC website.

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