Red Tide Update From Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
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Just received a message from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in italics, below:
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in one Southwest Florida sample and one Northwest Florida sample over the past week. Additional details are provided below.
- In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was present at very low concentrations in Manatee County.
- In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was present at background concentrations in Escambia County.
- Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week (please see https://myfwc.com/
No reports of respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide were received over the past week.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net northwestern transport of surface waters and minimal net movement of subsurface waters over the next four days.
The next complete status report will be issued on Friday, June 19th. Please check our daily sampling map, which can be accessed via the online status report on our Red Tide Current Status page. For more information on algal blooms and water quality, please visit Protecting Florida Together.
This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.
To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.
In April, we were already seeing algae blooms starting in and around Lake Okeechobee. It has been very warm with not much rain for the first three months of 2020. We have been spraying the aquatic plant life that filters nutrients out of water. By killing the plants, we kill mother natures filtering of the water. With no plants to filter the water, algae start to feed on the nutrient-rich water, in the video “Blue/Green Algae and Red Tide Forecast for 2020“, below:
Red tide is nothing new to Florida, but the bloom that we’re seeing in 2018 is considered one of the worst in recent memory, according to many experts, in the video “Red tide explained: What is it, and where does it come from?” below:
In the video published in 2018, “Why Florida’s Red Tide Is Killing So Many Animals, SciShow News“:
In the video “RED TIDE EXPLAINED IN UNDER 2 Minutes“, below:
In addition to reducing or preventing dumping of fertilizer or anything that might help the growth of K. brevis, I wonder if Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had ever considered experimenting with hurricane-worthy floating solar or any kind of solar on Lake Okeechobee as a way to reduce sunlight to the lake and possibly reducing harmful algal blooms. Please refer to Floating Solar Photovoltaic Systems. If cost of the project would be an issue, many Floridians care enough about this issue that perhaps a crowdfunding project may be organized to come up with the funding for the experiment.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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