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Red tide persists in Florida

Red tide has led to the death of all species of wildlife in Florida waters this summer.

Red tide has led to the death of all species of wildlife in Florida waters this summer.

A bloom of Florida red tide continues to wreak havoc in the southwestern part of the state.

The organism known as Karenia brevis has been observed at background to low concentrations in two samples collected from Pinellas County, very low to high concentrations in eight samples from Manatee County, very low to high concentrations in 29 samples from Sarasota County, very low to high concentrations in 13 samples from or offshore of Charlotte County, background to high concentrations in 40 samples collected from or offshore of Lee County and background to high concentrations in 12 samples from Collier County.

Additional samples collected throughout the state during the past week did not contain the organism.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to receive reports of fish kills in Southwest Florida. During the past week, reports were received for multiple locations in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties plus one in Charlotte County. More detailed information is available at http://myfwc.com/fishkill.

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