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Red tide is finally receding along the Gulf beaches

 Map of red tide
karen.atwood
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Map of red tide

Red tide has been found at beaches along the Gulf Coast since shortly after Hurricane Ian made landfall. It is finally being pushed back out to the sea.

Red tide is starting to dissipate along the Gulf beaches.

Medium concentrations of the toxin were found this week only along the south fishing pier of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Low concentrations were found at Wallace Park, along Boca Ciega Bay in Pinellas County. Low concentrations were also found along New Pass Dock and Bay Dock on Sarasota Bay, and Siesta Beach and Turtle Beach on the Gulf.

Still, reports of fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were received from Manatee and Sarasota over the past week. Respiratory irritation was also reported in in Manatee County (Anna Maria Island Rod and Reel Pier, Coquina Beach, Manatee Beach, Pine Avenue Canal) and Sarasota County (Lido Key Beach, Manasota Key Beach, Nokomis Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Snake Island, South Lido Key Beach, Venice Beach, Venice North Jetty Beach).

For current information at individual beaches, visit https://visitbeaches.org/

 Map of red tide reported
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Map of red tide reported

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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.