Red Tide

  Thousands of Redfish to be released in Suncoast waters

Around 2,000 Redfish will be released in waters off a Suncoast beach Wednesday morning.

Red tide levels lowest they’ve been in past year

As Red Tide Lingers on the Suncoast, Tourism Leaders are Working on Keeping Visitors Here As Well

SBA loans are helping local businesses get back on their feet after months of intense red tide

Business is booming for local restaurants after red tide clears up at beaches

Red Tide Loosens Its Grip on The Suncoast

MIDWEEK RED TIDE REPORT: No high concentrations along the Suncoast!

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  Dead Catfish line the shoreline of Palma Sola Causeway from red tide

MIDWEEK RED TIDE REPORT: Patchy bloom gets patchier but some areas still have high concentrations

Mote says cold weather snap will not impact red tide

MIDWEEK RED TIDE REPORT: Red tide remains despite cooler temps on the Suncoast

Still feeling the impact from the red tide, local businesses hope for a strong Small Business Saturday

Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

  Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

Efforts to reduce red tide in Sarasota Bay are now underway.

RED TIDE REPORT: High concentrations increasing on the Suncoast

Red tide concentrations remain high along the Suncoast in the latest red tide report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  Mote Marine Lab names the director of their new red tide institute

Mote Marine Lab hired a scientific director to manage its new red tide institute. Dr. Cynthia Heil has an extensive background studying Florida red tide, including working with NOAA and the FWC.

RED TIDE REPORT: Levels generally decrease in Manatee and Sarasota counties

After Hurricane Michael plowed through the Gulf of Mexico, red tide essentially disappeared from the shoreline. But over the past two weeks, red tide has returned, being found in high concentrations from Manatee to Charlotte counties and turning the sample map red.

  Local hotel owner says business is rebounding after months of low occupancy from red tide

Chalk Festival rescheduled until 2019 due to red tide

Red tide has returned, continues to impact Suncoast beaches

MIDWEEK RED TIDE UPDATE: High concentrations continue along the Suncoast

Suncoast group parades to raise water quality awareness

RED TIDE REPORT: The return of high concentrations along our coastline

  Sarasota County Commissioners Consider a Voluntary Year-Round Fertilizer Ban

Sarasota County looking at a new plan for fertilizer. County commissioners say they'll consider a voluntary year-round ban on fertilizer to help combat the red tide.

RED TIDE REPORT: High levels remain on the Suncoast

According to FWC, higher bloom concentrations were observed in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

City of Sarasota Using New Storm Water Runoff Treatment System to Help Fight Red Tide

The City of Sarasota is doing its part to fight against pollution and potentially, red tide.

County moves to re-allocate money from tourism to Ed Smith Stadium

County allocates funds from tourism to Ed Smith Stadium repairs

Beachgoers come and go as red tide conditions fluctuate

Red tide moves through the water in patches. On Monday afternoon, beachgoers were experiencing respiratory irritation on Coquina Beach. 24 hours later, more than a dozen visitors enjoyed the water and sand without any reports of respiratory irritants.

RED TIDE REPORT: Higher red tide concentrations surface on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released their weekly red tide report.

  Venice Forum Brings Eye-opening Perspectives on How to Combat Red Tide

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Here on the Suncoast, red tide has loosened its grip on our beaches in recent weeks - although it hasn't gone away yet.

MIDWEEK RED TIDE REPORT: Increase in concentrations seen along entire Suncoast

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Red tide is creeping back up to the Suncoast after being pushed offshore when Hurricane Michael bellowed through the Gulf of Mexico.

Trump signs water projects bill; 1 aimed at Fla. toxic algae

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging bill to improve the nation's water infrastructure, including a Florida project intended to reduce toxic algae blooms that have devastated coastal marine life and emptied beaches.

Suncoast Foundation Donates $1 Million to Launch Red Tide Institute at MOTE Marine Lab

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The official FWC Red Tide report does not come out again until Wednesday, but based off of the last report on Friday, red tide levels continue to be low on the Suncoast. Even though we aren't seeing a big bloom at the moment, MOTE Marine Lab is staying on top of the issue and taking a step forward to combat the toxic algae.

VIDEO: Underwater video shows little life in area normally filled with fish

SANIBEL, FL (WWSB) - An area normally teeming with life shows hardly any in a video posted to Facebook by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Businesses affected by red tide can get help at S.B.A. Recovery Center

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) -  The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a recovery center on Bradenton Beach to help business owners who have been affected by red tide.

RED TIDE REPORT: Red tide levels stay low on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has released their weekly red tide report.

Suncoast beachgoers get temporary relief from red tide

Experts say although Hurricane Michael did improve things on many Suncoast beaches, it did not kill the red tide and we're at the mercy of the wind.  So depending on which way the wind is blowing, we could see and feel the effects of red tide back on area beaches at anytime.

RED TIDE REPORT: Red tide levels continue to sink on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The latest data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows even less red tide concentration from their last update.

Businesses look to locals during red tide bloom to stay afloat

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL (WWSB) -- It's too early to tell if red tide has subsided, but beach-goers are stepping on sugar white sand, and swimming in clearer water.

Red tide hurts 70% of Venice businesses, survey finds

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - "It’s been a bugger of a summer with the construction going on and the red tide," said Mark Andes, owner of Island Life Hammock Company on Venice Avenue.

Mote scientists to resume testing Monday to determine levels of red tide post Hurricane Michael

LONGBOAT KEY, FL (WWSB) - Hurricane Michael has come and gone, but does red tide remain?

MIDWEEK RED TIDE REPORT: Suncoast nearly clear after Michael moves through

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.

Hurricane Michael expected to help with red tide

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Scientists hope that the arrival of Hurricane Michael will have some benefit for the Florida coast by pushing out the red tide.

Mote Uses New Machine to Test How Air Quality is Affected By Red Tide Toxins

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Even if you're not by the water, could the red tide toxins in the air be affecting your health?

Mote beginning to test air for red tide in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Starting Monday, Mote Marine, with funding support from the Florida Department of Health, will begin air testing in Sarasota County for red tide toxins.

RED TIDE UPDATE: Decrease in bloom concentration along the Suncoast and relief rally

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Week-to-week, the concentration of red tide along the Suncoast has dropped 5-25 percent in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

Boat captain says red tide may be a good sign for stone crab season

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL (WWSB) - Between the snowbirds making their way to Florida, and stone crabs making their way into the kitchen, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar is getting ready for a boom in business.

MIDWEEK RED TIDE UPDATE: Overall decrease seen along the Suncoast

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Though drone video might make you believe red tide is still raging along the Suncoast, according to the latest red tide report, it's actually gotten a bit better.

Local group protesting and wants to see change when it comes to red tide

ENGLEWOOD, FL (WWSB) - Some protesters rallying this Wednesday morning in South Sarasota County on the issue of red tide.

DRONE VIDEO: Beach conditions along Siesta Key on Oct. 2

SIESTA KEY, FL (WWSB) - Though conditions have somewhat improved along the Suncoast according to the most recent red tide report from FWC, drone video from Siesta Key shows there's still a long way to go until crystal clear waters return.

VIDEO: Drone footage shows dark, discolored water in Boca Grande

BOCA GRANDE, FL (WWSB) - Drone footage over Boca Grande from Jennifer McLaughlin shows dark, discolored water lapping against the shoreline.

WATCH: Beachgoers witness shark struggling to stay alive

HOLMES BEACH, FL (WWSB) - Beachgoers witnessed a sad scene on Monday morning on Anna Maria Island.

RED TIDE UPDATE: Patchy bloom along Suncoast making beaches hit or miss

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - If you were thinking of heading to the beach this weekend, make sure you check out VisitBeaches.org first because the red tide bloom along the Suncoast is now said to be patchy.

Doctor: It's safe to swim in red tide affected waters

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL (WWSB) - "Aside from a little bit of seaweed in the water it was great, the water temperature is wonderful," said Raymond Strilec, who is visiting from New Jersey.

Bradenton restaurants get creative to combat red tide losses

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB)- Local businesses are getting creative to increase traffic as the red tide bloom continues to plague the area.

The City of Sarasota Extends Their State of Emergency For Red Tide

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- The City of Sarasota has extended yet again its state of emergency regarding red tide.

New fishing rules on snook and redfish due to red tide

HAVANA, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials have decided to change fishing rules for snook and redfish through 2019 due to widespread toxic red tide algae in the Gulf of Mexico.

First Alert Weather: UPDATE - Catch and release of Red fish and Snook extended due to red tide

Due to the persistent red tide and intensity of it  the Florida Fish and Wild Life commission is now saying red fish and snook are catch and release only through May 10th 2018.

MIDWEEK RED TIDE UPDATE: Higher concentrations in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The concentration of red tide has increased in Sarasota County since the last red tide report on Friday.

Gov. Scott funding red tide projects at Mote, FWC after protest

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) - On Monday, Governor Rick Scott's office announced it is giving $2.2 million to Mote Marine Laboratory as it continues to experiment with ozone.

Former red tide victims released on North Lido Beach

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Some small red tide victims are now fully recovered and spreading their wings.

Visitors steer clear of beach communities regardless of red tide improvements

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL (WWSB) - It's hard to keep track of red tide conditions at Suncoast beaches.The number of dead fish, level of respiratory irritation, and water color changes daily.

RED TIDE UPDATE: Red tide still along the shore in high concentrations

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The red tide bloom is still along the Suncoast, extending around 10 miles or more offshore from northern Pinellas to northern Collier counties, and there's a patchy bloom in Northwest Florida.

RED TIDE MIDWEEK UPDATE: Low concentrations in Manatee, higher concentrations found in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Whether you like it or not, red tide is still here along the Suncoast.

RED TIDE MIDWEEK UPDATE: High concentrations in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Whether you like it or not, red tide is firmly back along the Suncoast.

Florida to Boost Redfish Hatcheries Amid Red Tide Fight

FLORIDA (WWSB) - "Florida is known as a fishing destination. It's the best place to go without a passport. We have a catch phrase that's 'No Passport Needed'. I think the marquee species that we have are three large inshore game fish species: snook, trout and redfish," Captain Mike Slattery, from the Palm Island Outfitters, said.

FWC and partners to experiment with "specialized clay" to fight red tide

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) - Could a specialized clay quell the effects of red tide? That's what a newly announced partnership with red tide experts hopes to uncover.

Sarasota residents host red tide awareness event

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Two Sarasota women gathered together to host an event spreading awareness about red tide.

RED TIDE UPDATE: Much higher concentrations in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The concentration level of red tide has increased more than 25 percent in Sarasota County since last week.

VIDEO: Red tide returns to Caspersen Beach

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - When reporter Rebecca Fernandez was at Caspersen Beach in Venice last week, it was totally different from what she found on Monday.

VIDEO: More dead fish along Casey Key as red tide returns

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Caspersen Beach in Venice isn't the only place along the Suncoast feeling the affects of red tide on Monday.

City of Venice Passes Voluntary Ban of Fertilizers

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - In the wake of this red tide outbreak, leaders in the City of Venice are taking a stance against fertilizers and their potential to pollute our waters. It wasn't the full stance that many officials, like Vice Mayor Bob Daniels, were hoping for. However, it still is one step closer in what they say is the right direction.

Manatee County Puts Aside Half a Million Dollars to Keep Beaches Clean

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB)- Manatee County is putting aside half a million dollars from the tourism tax reserve fund to keep county beaches clean. That was approved Tuesday by county commissioners.

Test results confirm red tide exposure responsible for killing 10 dolphins

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Test results confirm Mote Marine Laboratory's suspicions that many of the dead dolphins recovered last month died from red tide exposure.

RED TIDE UPDATE: Lower concentration in Sarasota County, but red tide remains

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Like it or not, red tide is still along the Suncoast from Pinellas to northern Collier counties.

Third whale rescued along Suncoast dies

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The third whale rescued along the Suncoast has died.

WATCH: Vacationers join officers to rescue manatee in Venice

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - When a manatee was in distress from red tide, vacationers joined police to help rescue it.

Pygmy killer whale rescued while stranded on Longboat Key, third whale rescue in a week

Mote Marine Lab released some images of the pygmy killer whale that was rescued Tuesday morning after being stranded along the shoreline on Longboat Key.  This is the third pygmy killer whale that has been rescued on the Suncoast in a week.

RED TIDE UPDATE: Bloom still along Suncoast, but conditions improve

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Tropical Storm Gordon blew through the area, but red tide remains along the Suncoast.

Tropical Storm Gordon helps push effects of red tide offshore

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Many are reaching out to ABC7 with questions about if the wind and rain from Tropical Storm Gordon will help disperse the area's red tide outbreak.

How will Tropical Storm Gordon affect red tide in the Gulf?

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Meteorologist John Scalzi appeared on the Suncoast View Wednesday and one of the day's hot topics was Tropical Storm Gordon and its potential effect on the red tide bloom that's been plaguing the Suncoast for months.