Signs of algae that cause red tide found off Florida’s Gulf Coast

Red tide isn’t likely to ruin anyone’s weekend, but state measurements taken in the last week have found small red tideconcentrations of the algae that cause it off Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The measurements taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission between May 2-9 found the presence of the microscopic red-tide causing phytoplankton, Karenia brevis, in low concentrations in waters in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

FWC biologists take measurements at hundreds of spots all around the coast every week. No sign of the bacteria was found outside of Southwest Florida. The next report from the state comes Friday.

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