Red tide continues to intensify in Sarasota and Manatee counties once again.
Samples this week show high levels of red tide throughout the region, continuing an upward trend that started last month when the amount of Karenia Brevis, the organism that causes red tide, had dipped.
The highest concentrations in Sarasota County span from Longboat Key down to North Jetty Park, and Manasota Beach down to Englewood Beach in Charlotte County, according to samples from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The highest concentrations in Manatee County were measured near Bradenton Beach.
Although levels continue to rise, local beaches have largely remained clear of dead fish, and many beaches have clean water despite the patchy red tide bloom nearby.
According to an update posted online Wednesday by Sarasota County, there are no noticeable signs of red tide impacts on county beaches.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health issued a press release stating that signs have been posted notifying beachgoers of the presence of elevated red tide levels on a number of Sarasota County beaches.
Those beaches included Longboat Key, Bird Key Park/Ringling Causeway, North Lido, Lido Casino, South Lido, Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty, Venice Beach, Service Club, Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Park, Caspersen, Manasota Key, and Blind Pass.
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Source : https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/local/manatee/2021/10/14/red-tide-mote-marine-beach-ambassadors-reported-more-dead-fish-region-sarasota-manatee/6094124001/599