Red Tide

  Red tide is on the rise along Siesta Beach

Red tide levels increase along the Suncoast with moderate levels appearing in Siesta Key

  Concerns over previous red tide reports hurting some businesses

  Update on red tide in Sarasota County

  Red tide moves north, reaching Siesta Beach but in low levels

Florida officials unveil website to monitor water quality

  Researchers explain latest red tide report

  Red tide found in South Sarasota County

Continued Coverage

  Red tide now reaches as far north as Venice

  Scientists: Red tide is back in Florida’s southwest coast

  Gov. DeSantis reforms Red Tide Task Force to battle outbreaks

  New red tide warning system unveiled

  Bill to combat harmful algal blooms advances

  Research on red tide’s long-term health effects is underway

  Roskamp Institute begins studying long-term effects of red tide in humans

It’s been months since red tide hammered the Suncoast. Yet it’s still unknown how it affects the human body long term.

  Venice discovers high levels of nitrogen, fecal bacteria in storm water outfalls

A year ago, we were experiencing what many say was the worst red tide the Suncoast had seen in decades.

Gov. DeSantis signs red tide research bill

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday that establishes a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Mote Marine Laboratory to research the blooms that have killed wildlife, caused respiratory problems and hurt tourism.

  Scallops in danger more after the effects of red tide outbreak

With scallop season already underway in part of the state, there is concern for the future of the industry. It’s been nearly a year since red tide hammered throughout the Suncoast, affecting marine life, including scallops.

  U.S. House approves $6.25 million to help red tide research

  Red tide reported off the coast of Longboat Key

Statistics show winter tourism in Sarasota County is on the rise

  Sarasota County Facing Lawsuit After Environmental Groups Claim Faulty Systems Are Polluting Suncoast Waterways

  Mote says they will have technology to fight red tide in the next few years

Experts: Red tide was among 5 worst in Florida’s history

  Thousands of Redfish to be released in Suncoast waters

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

  16,000 Redfish to be Released throughout Florida Counties Most Affected by Red Tide

The Coastal Conservation Association has been working with Duke University to produce this new generation of redfish.

  Businesses slowly bounce back after 2018 red tide crisis

2019 is off to a good start for Anna Maria Island’s Bungalow Beach resort.

Red tide levels lowest they’ve been in past year

Red tide concentrations are lower than they've been in a year.

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

When visitors search Sarasota County online, instead of seeing pictures of our beautiful beaches, they see horrible images of when red tide was taking over the Suncoast.

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

It's been over six months since red tide returned to the Suncoast, costing local businesses millions of dollars in combined losses.

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

Thanks to the recent surge of people going to the beaches in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties, local businesses, which suffered from the affects of the red tide, are returning back to normalcy.

  Red Tide Loosens Its Grip on The Suncoast

For the first time this year, we are seeing continued reports of low to no concentrations of red tide along most of the Suncoast.

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

Though red tide is still off the Suncoast, no high concentrations were found and only two sites in Manatee and Sarasota counties had medium concentrations of the algae.

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

Another wave of red tide has hit the Palma Sola Causeway, leaving tons of dead fish along the shoreline. This fish kill is a little different, the majority of the fish this time are catfish.

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

In recent weeks, though concentrations have remained high, there has been less intensity. Some have credited the cooler temperatures, but Mote says the water temperature for Sarasota County beaches still remains between 70 and 72 degrees.

  Mote says cold weather snap will not impact red tide

The Suncoast is experiencing unusually cooler temperatures, but could the cold snap help break up the algae bloom?

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

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said generally speaking, concentrations increased in some areas of Sarasota County while decreasing in others, and increased overall in Charlotte County. Concentrations remained from background to high in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

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

Some local businesses are still feeling the affects of this year's red tide bloom, with some Downtown Sarasota shops down 25% compared to this time last year.

  Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

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

  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

Suncoast hotels may be seeing the beginning of a rebound, after hitting an all-time low for visitors.

Chalk Festival rescheduled until 2019 due to red tide

The Chalk Festival features pavement artists who turn the airport runway surface into a museum-in-motion, creating oversized masterpieces using chalk as their medium. The Board of the Directors for the Avenida de Colores voted to reschedule the festival in late September, but did not set a new date.

  Red tide has returned, continues to impact Suncoast beaches

It’s a nuisance people were hopeful was gone, but red tide is still lingering here on the Suncoast, especially over the last week.

MIDWEEK RED TIDE UPDATE: High concentrations continue along the Suncoast

FWC reports Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties had high concentrations, along with some medium concentrations in the same general area. Compared to last week, concentrations generally decreased in Sarasota County but increased in Charlotte County.

Suncoast group parades to raise water quality awareness

A Suncoast-based group gathered at Robarts Arena Saturday morning with one mission: water quality awareness.

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

Over the past two weeks, the coast from Manatee to Charlotte counties has seen high concentrations move in.

  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.