SARASOTA, Fla. — Reports of fish kills and respiratory irritation are on the rise in Sarasota County, and red tide is likely to blame.

Several water samples taken during the past week show concentration levels of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, ranging from medium to high, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Its red tide map shows the following:

  • A high abundance of red tide at Caspersen Beach and Venice Beach
  • A medium abundance of red tide at Nokomis Beach, Service Club Park and south of the Venice Jetty

There are no reports or mere background indications of red tide from the city of Sarasota to Tampa Bay, including the most popular Pinellas County beaches.

red tide map 11 6 19
The latest concentrations of red tide along the southwest Florida coastline through Nov. 5, 2019.
FWC

Forecasting where the red tide might go during the next several days largely indicates it moving away from the coastline because of a north-northeast wind.

RELATED: New state website focuses on Florida’s water quality

RELATED: What’s making these gulls sick? Avian experts say symptoms are similar to red tide

What other people are reading right now:

FREE 10NEWS APP:

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Stay In the Know! Sign up now for the Brightside Blend Newsletter