SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - In their midweek update, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says there's been a further decrease in red tide concentrations along the Suncoast.
Decreases were seen in some areas of Manatee County and most parts of Sarasota and Charlotte counties. High concentrations were only found in three sites in Pinellas and Manatee counties and offshore of Charlotte County and medium concentrations were found in and/or offshore of those same counties and in Sarasota County.
Though red tide isn't being found in the waters off the Suncoast, enterococcus bacteria is and a dozen beaches have a "no swim" advisory in Sarasota County. See which beaches are affected here.
This marks a continued trend in the red tide reports the Suncoast has seen recently where red tide has been decreasing in concentration.
However, there's no telling what effect, if any, Hurricane Michael will have on the bloom after the waters of the Gulf have time to settle. Some believe it will have an overall beneficial effect:
FWC will continue testing and have another update on red tide on Friday.
This week, fish kills were still reports in or offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties and respiratory irritation was reported in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pasco to northern Monroe counties predict a reversal from northern to southern transport of surface waters and net southeastern movement of subsurface waters for most areas over the next three days.
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