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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Provided by: Collier County Pollution Control

Current conditions: Below are the most recent red tide results. Respiratory irritation is being reported at intermittent locations with the onshore winds. No dead fish have been reported since last week. Red tide is very patchy and conditions can change quickly at any beach. To check daily conditions at the beaches and see if red tide impacts are occurring, please visit www.visitbeaches.org.

Forecast: Although red tide is not present to background concentrations at our beaches, we still have red tide offshore and to our north.  Winds will be onshore Tuesday, December 11, 2018 and shift offshore Wednesday afternoon. Red tide impacts are possible anytime winds are blowing onshore. Therefore, people with chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma or emphysema should avoid going to the beach as these illnesses may be aggravated.

The next sampling event will be December 13, 2018. Results should be available late Friday, December 14, 2018.

To report dead fish or red tide symptoms, please call Collier County Pollution Control at (239) 252-2502. To speak to a health professional regarding red tide symptoms call the Florida Poison Information Center toll free at 1-800-222-1222.

Collier County Red Tide Updates are also available on the Red Tide Hotline at (239) 252-2591. This is an automated recording with the most recent Red Tide information for Collier County available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Visit www.colliergov.net/redtideupdate for more red tide information.

Collier County Red Tide Update

Sample Date

Location

*Results

Sampling Agency

12/10/2018

Barefoot Beach

NOT PRESENT

Dept of Health

12/10/2018

Vanderbilt Beach

NOT PRESENT

Dept of Health

12/10/2018

Seagate

NOT PRESENT

Dept of Health

12/10/2018

Naples Pier

NOT PRESENT

Dept of Health

12/10/2018

South Marco Beach

BACKGROUND

Dept of Health

 

*KEY TO RED TIDE LEVELS—Table provided by Florida Wildlife Research Institute(FWRI)

Description

Karenia brevis cells/L

Possible Effects (Karenia brevis only)

NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND

0 – 1,000

None anticipated

VERY LOW

>1,000 – 10,000

Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures ≥ 5,000 cells/L

LOW

>10,000 – 100,000

Respiratory irritation; possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper range

MEDIUM

>100,000 – 1,000,000

Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills

HIGH

>1,000,000

As above plus discoloration

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