Red tide continues to ravage the Tampa Bay area.
According to an update by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday, Florida red tide organism K. brevis cells were observed in Pinellas County for the third week in a row, with additional impacted sites.
The following was found by the county’s sampling and analysis process:
- Ft. De Soto Gulf Pier – Low levels
- Ft. De Soto Ferry Pier on Tampa Bay side – Medium levels (lower end of range)
- Gulfport – Background levels
- Redington Beach (La Contessa Pier) – Very low levels
- Indian Shows – Very low levels
Red tide was observed in very low concentrations in Hillsborough County.
Background to high concentrations of red tide were observed in Manatee and in or offshore Sarasota County.
Respiratory irritation from red tide was first reported in Pinellas County last week in Pass-A-Grille.
FWC confirmed on Tuesday the agency is investigating possible red tide at Madeira Beach after reports of fish kills.