Red tide detected on Longboat Key


Red tide detected on Longboat Key


Date: December 21, 2009
by: Robin Hartill | Community Editor


Red tide was detected last week on both the Sarasota and Manatee portions of Longboat Key.

On Dec. 14, the Sarasota County Health Department detected red tide alongshore the Sarasota County portion of Longboat Pass in concentrations of between 1,000 and 5,000 Karenia brevis cells per liter, which could cause respiratory irritation.

The next day, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services detected red tide along the Manatee County side of Longboat Key, and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute detect red tide in Sarasota Bay. Both agencies reported concentrations of less than 1,000 Karenia brevis cells per liter. At these concentrations, red tide is generally not harmful.

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  • Interesting. I live in Buttonwood Harbour and when I called Public works on December 17th to complain of dead fish in Cranes Bayou I was told that it was probably just fishermen dumping fish. No mention of Red Tide that was detected on the 14th.
  • Laurin Goldner
    Tue 22nd Dec 2009
    at 12:33pm
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