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Scientists find red tide causing organism in several sites in Southwest Florida

Posted at 3:52 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 15:52:41-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Fox 4 is keeping an eye on red tide and blue-green algae conditions in our waterways.

Scientists from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation foundation took water samples yesterday on the lower Caloosahatchee River, San Carlos Bay and into the Gulf of Mexico.

They found Karenina Brevis, the organism that blooms into the red tide, at all those sites.

The maximum concentration was two miles offshore of Tarpon Bay road beach on Sanibel.

Next week, researchers will do a more expansive cruise into the gulf from North Captiva to Sanibel.

The researchers will look at the newly released red tide map from Florida Fish and Wildlife.