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Low levels of red tide detected off Charlotte and Lee counties

Posted at 8:51 AM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 08:51:56-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The latest red tide test results are beginning to show low amounts of the organism in parts of Charlotte and Lee counties.

Red Tide devastated the Southwest Florida coast in summer 2018, bringing fish kills to area shorelines. But so far in 2019, red tide has been rare.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife’s daily red tide maps, as of Monday morning the organism was found in 'background’ to ‘very low concentrations' in and offshore in Charlotte and Lee counties.

That includes two reading off Sanibel, two near Boca Grande Pass, and one near Little Gasparilla Island.

It was also found in background concentrations offshore in Collier County.

They say they don't believe any fish kills are related to red tide this week.