Red Tide Report For Tampa Bay And Gulf Beaches
We’ve been keeping an eye on the red tide reports for the Tampa Bay area. Here’s what we know from the latest report.
Here’s a glance into the latest map from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. It’s hard to find any areas where they are showing measurable amounts of Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for red tide. After looking more closely at the map, it was still difficult to find any significant levels of Red Tide.
It appears that in almost all areas of Pinellas County that the Florida FWC took samples, the results were “not present/background”. This means that if there were any of the organisms found, it was between 0-1,000 per liter of water. That is the lowest level on their scale.
One location in St. Petersburg, Coquina Key Drive, a location on the south side of the bay, “Joe Island,” and “Anna Maria Island Rod & Reel Pier” measured “very low,” or between 1,000-10,000. That’s the second lowest level of measurement on the scale used by the FWC.
There were a few locations that did measure higher levels of red tide. The nearest locations with higher measurements, including “low” (between 10,000-100,000) were off Hernando County, 18 miles west of Pine Key, and a location near Longboat Pass that measured “medium” (between 100,000-1,000,000).
We’re not totally out of the woods from red tide, but these latest measurements from the Florida FWC are good to see, and hopefully will last through the upcoming weekend.
Click here to see the map. It gets updated regularly.