Red tide detected off Manatee, Sarasota beaches

SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) —  Scientists are keeping a close eye on red tide algae along the state’s Gulf coast beaches. Mote Marine Laboratory scientists in Sarasota have seen elevated concentrations of the algae which causes red tide along the Sarasota and Manatee county coasts.

The levels are currently categorized as “low” to “very low” which is higher than normal levels seen in the Gulf. Doctors aren’t worried about it right now, but say the public needs to stay alert. So far, there are no reports of fish kills or breathing problems among beach-goers in Sarasota or Manatee counties; however, both are possible in the bloom areas.

Florida Fish and Wildlife reports that in the past week, fish kills have been reported at Bay County, Gulf County, and Franklin County beaches. Respiratory irritation has been reported at on shore at locations between Bay and Gulf counties.

Learn more about red tide here.

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