During the past week, the ongoing bloom of Florida red tide remained patchy and offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties, according to the statewide red tide update provided Friday, Aug. 22, by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and including results from Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida and others.
Since Friday, the surface of the bloom has moved south slowly, consistent with short-term forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides. Scientists from FWC, Mote and USF continue to monitor the bloom through water sampling, satellite imaging and other methods this week.
FWC will provide a midweek update Wednesday, Aug. 27, and a more detailed statewide update Friday at: www.myfwc.com/redtidestatus
Mote’s Beach Conditions Report continues to show no signs of respiratory irritation at any of its monitoring sites along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Visit www.mote.org/beaches for twice-daily updates at multiple Florida beaches.