MANATEE -- A patchy bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is located approximately 20 miles offshore between northern Dixie and southern Pasco counties in the northeast Gulf of Mexico.
None of the red tide is detected near the Manatee County shoreline, according to the Florida Wildlife Commission.
Respiratory irritation and numerous fish kills spanning many species have been reported in the red-tide area.
In the last week, several samples collected offshore of Pinellas County contained very low levels of K. brevis, however, no bloom concentrations of red tide have been detected alongshore or inshore of any of the areas sampled.
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Forecasts by the Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show slow southeast movement of the bloom. A full status report will be provided Friday by the FWC