The latest report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says red tide isn’t a problem on Anna Maria Island.
In 17 water samples taken all across Manatee County, none of them showed significant traces of the Karenia brevis algae that causes red tide algal blooms. In fact, each of the samples indicated that the harmful algae was not present or in background concentrations (0 to 1,000 cells per liter.)
Experts said that despite those extremely low levels, respiratory irritation was reported in Manatee. Breathing issues were also reported in Sarasota County, where red tide is still being detected in FWC’s water samples.
Low concentrations (between 10,000 and 100,000 cells per liter) were discovered at the Lido Beach Casino, but medium (between 100,000 and 1,000,000 cells per liter) and high concentrations (more than 1,000,000 cells per liter) were found farther south in samples taken from Nokomis beach and the Venice Fishing Pier.