Mote’s red tide update

Florida red tide was detected at increased levels this week along Sarasota County beaches and continues to cause impacts along Southwest Florida’s coastline, report Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and monitoring partners who are reminding beachgoers of best practices and resources related to red tide.

Mote’s Beach Conditions Report System has shown this week that beachgoers experienced respiratory irritation caused by red tide’s airborne toxins blowing ashore, and that dead fish were found onshore at several Southwest Florida beaches.



Manatee County: slight respiratory irritation at Coquina Beach.

Sarasota County: slight respiratory irritation and many dead fish in Nokomis, slight respiratory irritation and some dead fish at Venice North Jetty, many dead fish and slight respiratory irritation at Venice Beach and slight respiratory irritation and some dead fish on Manasota Key.

Lee County: some dead fish at Newton Park and at Lovers Key State Park, along with many dead fish at Bonita Beach.

It’s important to note that conditions can change quickly, and Sarasota County is scheduled to remove fish from county-owned beaches today and tomorrow, Jan. 18 and 19. Please continue to check Mote’s Report for updates at: www.mote.org/beaches.

Beach water samples collected on Monday by the Sarasota County Health Department and analyzed by Mote showed a marked increase in red tide algae (Karenia brevis) over test results from last week. Increased levels of K. brevis were found at Brohard, Caspersen, Manasota, Blind Pass beaches and others.

It’s important to note that since winds are variable, conditions can change frequently throughout the day. Onshore winds increase exposure to red tide toxins, increasing the chance that beachgoers will experience the associated symptoms.

Pet owners should take precautions when bringing pets to the beach. Dogs that lick their fur or paws after swimming in red tide areas, or eat dead fish on the beach, may experience gastrointestinal illness or other symptoms from ingesting toxins, which can be harmful to their health. Pets should not be allowed to consume or play with dead fish and they should be rinsed with clear water after a beach swim.


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2 Responses for “Mote’s red tide update”

  1. Ali Mercer says:

    Don’t forget the long time residents who depend on your info of the red tide via e mail, as a lot of us have had to leave due to itchy eyes and extreme coughing. Thank you.

  2. Ali Mercer says:

    As a long time resident who left because of medical itching eyes and coughing would appreciate an update as to when I can return to my home without that unbearable odor.

    Thank you, Ali Mercer,

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