Red tide was detected at levels described as “very low” on Longboat Key earlier this week, according to the Sarasota County Health Department Healthy Beaches Program.
Samples taken Monday, Oct. 8 revealed concentrations of Karenia brevis, the organism that causes red tide, at concentration of 5 cells per millimeter. Concentrations at these levels could cause possible respiratory irritation and shellfish harvesting closures.
Beaches in south Sarasota County have experienced the bulk of the current red tide outbreak, with K. brevis concentrations detected at 10,240 cells per milligram on Manasota Beach.
The Health Department working jointly with Mote Marine Laboratory conducts weekly red tide cell counts. Sampling typically takes place on Mondays, and results are usually available Wednesdays.
For more information, pick up an Oct. 18 copy of the Longboat Observer.
Contact Robin Hartill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently 0 Responses
20 Santa Jaws at Mote Aquarium
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
21 Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show
Pete Cumming: Bell-ringer in chief
Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming took on a shift that didn’t involve police work Tuesday, serving as Salvation Army bell-ringer at Longboat Key Publix.
Turtle T-shirts: Always in season
Need a gift for the turtle-lover in your life?
PHOTO GALLERY: Seaplace holiday party
Seaplace residents celebrated the holidays on Dec. 10.