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Friday, October 12, 2018

Provided by: Collier County Pollution Control

Current conditions: Below are the most recent red tide results. Respiratory irritation was reported earlier this week at Barefoot Beach, Vanderbilt Beach and Seagate Beach. No dead fish are currently being reported.

Forecast: Although red tide counts at our beaches are background to not present, red tide is still present offshore and to our north. Winds will be variable through the weekend and 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 October 15, 2018. Results should be available late Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

To check daily conditions at the beaches and see if red tide impacts are occurring, please visit www.visitbeaches.org.

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

10/11/2018

Barefoot Beach

NOT PRESENT

Pollution Control

10/11/2018

Vanderbilt Beach

NOT PRESENT

Pollution Control

10/11/2018

Seagate

BACKGROUND

Pollution Control

10/11/2018

Naples Pier

NOT PRESENT

Pollution Control

10/11/2018

South Marco Beach

BACKGROUND

Pollution Control

 

*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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