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Red Tide Is Once Again Surfacing Off The Pinellas And Manatee Beaches

 Map of red tide in Florida
Map of red tide in Florida

After a lull of several weeks, red tide was found in high concentrations this past week offshore of Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island in Pinellas.

Medium concentrations were found off Clearwater Beach; Anna Maria Island and Bradenton Beach in Sarasota County; and five miles west of Venice Beach in Sarasota County.

Lower concentrations remain off the southern Pinellas Couny and Manatee County beaches.

Fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported off Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties over the past week. Respiratory irritation was reported in Pinellas and Manatee counties.

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Steve Newborn is WUSF's assistant news director as well as a reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.