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Water samples find no red tide in Southwest Florida

Posted at 9:36 AM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 15:54:25-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The red tide problem in Southwest Florida may be behind us for now.

The latest daily sampling map from Florida Fish and Wildlife shows gray dots all along the Florida west coast, indicating red tide is not present in those areas.  The nearest detected red tide was one location at Coquina Beach near Bradenton, with some also being detected in the Tampa Bay area.

FWC says compared to last week, red tide concentrations have gone down in most areas of Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.

Also in Naples, a possible bloom of the Cylindrotheca diatom has caused a large fish kill in Moorings Bay.

Water flows from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River are still underway, but are being reduced every week.

The red tide map still indicates low levels of red tide detected in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties on the east coast.  Also in the Panama City area in the panhandle.

FWC's primary Red Tide Status map will be updated Friday afternoon.

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