September 10 Red Tide update
St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 10, 2018) -- According to media reports, the current bloom of red tide may be migrating further north. Fish-kills have increased, and some people are reporting respiratory issues.
Here is the latest from FWC: http://myfwc.com/media/4487105/swmap0907.pdf
Please be aware of these changing levels of k. brevis as you plan your outings in and around Pinellas County. We will strive to keep you updated as we learn about any changes or advisories.
The above notification highlights the messaging at beaches where higher levels of red tide are detected. These will be posted at appropriate locations (including St. Petersburg beach areas where applicable) to remind beach-goers of the potential impacts.
It's a "fluid situation..." We're watching for any changes, and shifts in the prevailing winds.
Forecasts indicate that there will be off-shore winds (especially from mid-week on) so that could mitigate the bloom again. Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website (http://ocgweb.marine.usf.edu/hab_tracking/HAB_trajectories.html) for Pinellas to northern Monroe counties predict net northwestern movement of surface waters for most areas and net southeastern transport of subsurface waters over the next three days. A change from northwestern to southeastern surface transport is predicted to occur towards the end of this period.