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Marine Lab Continues to Track Red Tide Bloom

February 3, 2021
The most recent daily sampling map from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), pictured here, shows that a patchy bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, still exists in Southwest Florida based on sampling conducted over the past eight days.
This week’s daily samples collected by SCCF’s Marine Lab and Sanibel Sea School at local beaches have ranged from high concentrations (>1 million K. brevis cells/liter) to low (>10,000 cells/liter).
Yesterday’s samples showed concentrations of more than 2 million cells/liter at both Tarpon Bay Road Beach and at Gulfside City Park. Counts today were medium with 330,000 cells/liter at Bowman’s Beach and low with 94,000 cells/liter at West Gulf Drive Access #1 Beach.
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