Satellite photos from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory show the red tide bloom in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. The hot colors (red, orange and yellow) represent the bloom area. The gray is cloud cover. Pinellas County is not in range of the bloom.
Map courtesy FWC
The Aug. 22 red tide report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows, via the green dots on sampling locations, that red tide is either not present or in background concentrations in Pinellas County waters.
Pinellas County beaches remain free of red tide, according to the latest report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
In a report released Aug. 22, two samples collected in the county contained background concentrations of Karenia Brevis, the scientific name for Florida red tide. One sample was collected offshore, 25 miles west of Madeira Beach. The second sample was collected alongshore at Mullet Key, Bay Pier. Red tide was not detected in any other samples collected in Pinellas.
Background levels mean that the samples contained 1,000 cells or less of the organism. No effects from red tide are expected in the local area.
FWC has been monitoring a large offshore red tide bloom in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a patchy bloom up to 60 miles wide and 90 miles wide, at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties.
“No bloom concentrations of red tide have been detected alongshore or inshore of any of the areas samples,” FWC said in its report.
The bloom in the northeast Gulf of Mexico is expected to move south and slightly away from the coast for the next several days, according to the most recent forecast from the Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tide.
Fish kills and respiratory irritation has been reported in the area where the bloom is located. No fish kills or other problems have been reported in Pinellas.
Florida Red Tide produces a brevetoxin that can kill fish, birds and marine mammals; cause health problems for humans; and adversely affect local economies, according to the information from the Florida Wildlife Research Institute.