Red Tide Current Status

FWC reports on the current status of Karenia brevis blooms using tables, static maps, and interactive Google Earth maps. Archived status maps can be found in our Flickr gallery.

Red Tide Status (August 18, 2017)

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was not detected in samples collected throughout Florida this week.


We continue to receive reports of a multi-species fish kill in Old Tampa Bay. Low dissolved oxygen associated with a bloom of the dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense is likely the cause of this fish kill. Organisms affected include Lizardfish, Pufferfish, Flounder, Catfish, Trout, Blue Crabs, Snook, Mullet, Eels and Stingrays. 


Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website predict net offshore movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days.

Red Tide Status Map (August 18, 2017)


View a larger map Adobe PDF (PDF 242KB) (August 18, 2017)

Regional Status Reports and Maps (August 18, 2017)

Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 123KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 247KB)
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 43KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 178B)
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 57KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 294KB)

To see detailed information on this week's samples, view the current Statewide Google Earth map for August 18, 2017. 

By using Google Earth, you can zoom in to specific locations and click on stations to see detailed information, including sample date and cell concentration. You must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view this map; the software can be downloaded from the Google Earth websiteExternal Website

The FWRI Red Tide Status Line is now available to callers throughout the state. FWRI updates the recording each Friday by 5 p.m. Red Tide Status Line: 866-300-9399 (toll-free inside Florida only); 727-552-2448 (outside Florida).

Reports are updated on Friday afternoon except during holidays, in which case the report will be released on the closest day. Additional information, if available, is provided on Wednesday afternoon. To receive an e-mail when the current status has been updated, visit our subscription area.

FWC's Red Tide Action Report

Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico. Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.

FWC Actions and Partnerships:

  • FWC operates the toll-free fish kill hotline. To report fish kills, contact the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online. Reports from this hotline help FWC researchers track and better understand the impact of red tide in Florida.
  • FWC remains available to local agencies and partners in affected areas, including area business and tourism groups in southwest Florida. Any local agency or group that has any questions or concerns can contact Kelly Richmond from the FWC at 727-502-4784.
  • FWC continues to partner with the Florida Department of Health to advise residents and visitors of any potential health impacts. Residents and visitors can contact the DOH’s aquatic toxin experts at 850-245-4250 or contact their local health department for any concern about health safety.
  • FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory work together to monitor Karenia brevis. This cooperative effort is designed to help mitigate the adverse impacts of red tide. This joint research program that includes red tide monitoring, research and public outreach and education has resulted in better tools and ongoing monitoring for red tides along the Gulf Coast.
  • In partnership with the FWC, the Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides (CPR) at the University of South Florida offer a new Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) tracking tool that generates a 3.5-day forecast of the bloom trajectories.
  • To protect public health, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) group closely monitors the status of K. brevis on Florida’s coasts, providing technical support to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACSExternal Website), the agency that regulates approved shellfish harvesting areas.  
  • Since 2000, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute established a Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program, which is a volunteer program for citizens to help collect water samples from routine collection points and sites reported for suspected harmful algal blooms (HABs).The timely sampling by volunteers allows researchers to provide an early warning of offshore algal blooms and investigate reported events as they occur. The Program needs volunteers to collect samples from all coastal Florida counties. To view more information visit, Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program or use the Volunteer SignUp Form.

Red Tide Resources

Previous Regional Status Reports and Maps

August 11, 2017

Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 107KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 183KB)
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 57KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 196B)
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 63KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 214KB)
Google Earth map

August 4, 2017
Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 109KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 179KB)
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 40KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 110KB)
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 54KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 197KB)
Google Earth map

July 28, 2017
Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 114KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 220KB)
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 58KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 227KB)
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 61KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 197KB)
Google Earth map

July 21, 2017
Southwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 88KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 220KB)
East coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 44KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 232KB)
Northwest coast report Adobe PDF (PDF 50KB) and map Adobe PDF (PDF 240KB)
Google Earth map

Additional archived status maps can be found on FlickrExternal Website

Key for Results

DescriptionKarenia brevis cells/literPossible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT - BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures > 5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000

As above plus discoloration

Hotlines and Information Sources

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