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Red Tide Update: Bloom in Sarasota County, but not in Manatee

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A patchy bloom of red tide continues to affect the Suncoast this week.

K. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations in 12 samples collected from Sarasota County, but there were no samples collected in Manatee County that contained the algae.

Here is a map of the latest red tide reports:

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Over the past week, fish kills were reported in Sarasota County at:

  • Manasota Beach
  • Siesta Key Beach
  • Venice Beach
  • Venice North Jetty

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Sarasota County:

  • 7/10, 7/12 and 7/16 at Lido Key
  • 7/11-7/12 and 7/17-7/18 at Manasota Beach
  • 7/16 at Nokomis
  • 7/11, 7/13-7/16, and 7/18 at Venice Beach
  • 7/16 and 7/18 at Venice North Jetty

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net southeastern transport of surface and subsurface waters for most areas over the next three days.

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