Protect yourself and family against Florida Red Tide exposure. Please read signage when you go to area beaches. Not all beaches are affected. Conditions can change daily. Check the Mote Marine twice daily Beach Conditions Report at https://www.visitbeaches.org/ or call 1-941-BEACHES

Red Tide Observed Effects at Monitored Beaches
Location Date Cell Count /mL
Longboat Key 9/19/2022 0
Bird Key Park 9/19/2022 0
North Lido Beach 9/19/2022 0
Lido Beach (Casino) 9/19/2022 0
South Lido Park 9/19/2022 0
Siesta Key 9/19/2022 0
Turtle Beach 9/19/2022 0
Nokomis Beach 9/19/2022 0
North Jetty 9/19/2022 0
Venice Beach 9/19/2022 0
Service Club Park 9/19/2022 0
Venice Fishing Pier 9/19/2022 0
Brohard Beach 9/19/2022 0
Caspersen Beach 9/19/2022 0
Manasota Beach 9/19/2022 0
Blind Pass 9/19/2022 0

Table Data Last Modified: Wed Sep 21, 2022 14:22:30 EDT

Description Karenia brevis cells/ML Possible Effects (Karenia brevis only)
Not present in background 0 - 1 None Anticipated.
Very Low > 1 - 10 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures > 6 cells/mL.
Low > 10 -< 100 Respiratory irritation; possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper range.
Medium > 101 -< 1,000 Respiratory irritation and probably fish kills.
High > 1,000 As above plus discoloration

Table Data Last Modified: Tue Feb 12, 2019 14:52:12 EST

Red tides have been documented along Florida's gulf coast since the 1840’s.

It is important to realize that many people still enjoy the beaches during red tides. Respiratory irritation and dead fish are not always present.People may experience respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing, and tearing) when the red tide organism is present along a coast and winds blow its aerosol onshore. A Red Tide Rack Card [PDF 2.36MB] with useful facts and tips about red tide is available.

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