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The latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report shows that there is concentrations of Karenia Brevis, which is the bacteria that causes red tide, in Southern Sarasota County and it’s starting to inch its way north.
The daily sample map from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) shows low- and medium- concentrations of red tide as far north as Venice Beach. The bloom stretches south to Lee and Collier counties, where some high concentrations can be found.
Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said Friday that samples taken from the waters off the shore of Collier County found high concentrations of the toxic algae where they also received reports of dead fish and cases of respiratory irritation.
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.
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.
In the lawsuit, the groups claim that over the course of many years, Sarasota County has failed to maintain its sewage system. It says the infrastructure is aging and gets inundated very quickly, so not only is raw sewage spilling, but storm water as well, has been dumping into our waterways - way m
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.
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.
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.
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.