FWC: High concentrations of red tide found

Posted at 2:21 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 20:08:41-05

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- A bad situation along Southwest Florida's coast is getting worse.  The red tide lurking in our water is growing, which means bad news for fishermen, businesses, and our wildlife.

The latest concentration map by Florida Fish and Wildlife reports high to medium levels of red tide along parts of Charlotte and Lee counties.

Areas in Lee County registering in 'high' concentrations are: Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel and Redfish Pass (north end of Captiva Island), as well as 12 & 17 miles offshore of Captiva Island.

In Charlotte County,  'high' concentrations have been measured at Boca Grande Pier.

Sanibel is being hit especially hard.  This week, there have been several reports of dead fish washing to shore.