Red Flood FAQs
What is red tide
A red tide is a higher than normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plant-like organism) in the Gulf of Mexico Karenia brevis often abbreviated as K. brevis At high concentrations, the organisms may discolour ater, sometimes red, light or dark green, brown or the water may appear clear.
What causes red tide?
A red flood bloom develops when biology (the organisms), chemistry (natural) or artificial nutrients for growth) and physics (tides, winds, currents) work to produce the algal bloom. Not a single factor causes the development of a red flood bloom.
Where can I check the status of the red flood at my local beach?
Florida Fish and Animal Protection Commission (FWC) Red Tide Power Status:
http://myfwc.com/REDTIDESTATUS and Mote Marine Laboratory: https://visitbeaches.org/ Are red tides new
No. Red tides have been documented as early as the 18th century in the Gulf of Mexico and since the 1840s along Florida's Gulf Coast. While red tide and other algal blooms occur worldwide, K. brevis is found almost exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico, but was found on the east coast of Florida and off the coast of North Carolina.
How long does a red tide last?
Red Floodflow can take days, weeks, or months, and can also change daily due to wind conditions and sea currents.
It is safe to swim in red water affected tides
As people swim in the red tide, some individuals may experience skin irritation and burning eyes. If your skin is easily irritated, avoid red water. If you are irritated, leave the sea and wash thoroughly with fresh water.
Can the red tide affect me when I'm not at the beach?
People in offshore areas near the coast can experience varying degrees of irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. When a person leaves a red-blooded area, the symptoms usually disappear. If symptoms persist consult a doctor.
Are there people who are more sensitive to toxins caused by the Red Tide?
People with respiratory problems (such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis) should avoid the Red Tide, especially when the wind blows on the coast. If you go to the beach and have one of these conditions, you should be very careful. If you have symptoms leave the beach and look for air conditioning (A / C). If the symptoms persist, consult a doctor.
What can I do to reduce the effects of the Red Tide?
Respiratory symptoms are usually relieved in air-conditioned rooms. This also applies when driving: Hold up your car windows and switch on the air conditioning or heating. For people without asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions, over-the-counter antihistamines can relieve symptoms. People with chronic lung disease should be especially vigilant when taking medications prescribed daily. Always look for medical care if your symptoms get worse.
Can red tide affect pets?
Just like humans, pets can be affected by red water. If you live close to the beach, you may want to bring outside animals during flowering to avoid respiratory irritation. If you are on the beach with your pets, you must not play with dead fish or foam that might accumulate on the beach during or after a red tide. If your pet is swimming in the red tide, wash it off with fresh water as soon as possible.
Are seafood in the area safe to eat?
Clams and oysters (mollusks) may contain Red Tide toxins that cause neurotoxic shellfish poisoning. Check the local harvest status before collecting at FreshFromFlorida.com. Fin fish that are caught alive and healthy can be eaten when they are filleted and thoroughly rinsed. Edible meat of crabs, shrimp and lobsters (shellfish) can be eaten (do not eat the Tomalley – the green digestive gland – of shellfish). One should not get into trouble or find animals dead.
Source: Florida Department of Health
Aerial photographs of Pinellas to Charlotte counties, including Manatee, also showed the presence of offshore flowers of the marine cyanobacterium, Trichodesmium, which is not dangerous to humans or animals.
Following Manatee County's Friday, August 24th red tide update, the county continues to drive the beaches along the Gulf Coast of Anna Maria Island, including Coquina Beach at Bradenton Beach, Bayfront Park at Anna Maria and Manatee Beach at Holmes Beach, to clean the beaches of fish and other marine life affected by the recent tidal wave.
- Beaches are open
- Coquina Bayside, Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach north of Bean Point are moderate / heavy with fish
- Bayfront Park has moderate fish
- Coquina North and South Boat Ramps have moderate / heavy fish.
- Crews are currently carrying beach rakes from Coquina Pass and Bean Point.
- The air quality is moderate with occasional cough and irritation. The water color is light brown / brown in some areas and brownish / reddish in others.
- The county has entered into a contract with a dealer to clean the local waterways, starting with the worst affected areas this week.
- Red tide signs are affected at beaches and remain until the red flood bloom is over.
"Red flood blossoms can take days, weeks, or months and can change daily due to wind conditions and water currents," said the circle. When contacted Friday afternoon, Mark Surfers, Surf Survey Leader, said, "The water is still reddish, brown and ugly-looking, we still get the same amount of (dead) fish every day, and the occasional tarpoon is coming also every day.
"We expect a wind change over the weekend, coming more from the east. Hopefully it will drive some of it back to the shore, "said Taylor.
According to the Sarasota County website," All beaches are open, but there's a & # 39; No Swim & # 39; Advisory for four beaches.
Sarasota County Department of Health officials issued a Red Flood Advice for several beaches in the Sarasota County.
" Several beaches were affected by the red tide and high levels of enteric bacteria. & # 39; NO SWIM & # 39; Advisory for Longboat Key, Lido Casino, Brohard and Venice Fishing Pier, "says the Health Department's website.
Want to help?
Manatee County hires contract workers to keep the beaches clean during the red tide flowering for $ 12.50 per hour For more information, contact Faraja at Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions at 941-739-8883
For daily red water conditions, updated at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, visit visitbeaches.org
Manatee County also operates a Red Tide hotline from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week, 7 days a week.
Sewer Cleaning Services
Manatee County has hired a vendor to clean local waterways, including those on and around Anna Maria Island.
"Because of the small maneuvering space in the channels, cleaning with nets and boats has to be done by hand. Homeowners and associations may want to work with local fishermen for a more thorough cleaning of the remaining fish, "the county web site says .. On the district's website is a list of local fishermen and others who have offered to help with the cleaning County has not reviewed these services. This list is not endorsed by these companies.
Contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to report fish or marine life affected by the red tide.
– Cindy Lane contributed to this report
For more information, visit the Sun Red Tide Resources page.