Red Tide Creeps North Along Gulf Coast

Red Tide
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Scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute say tests show the toxic algae bloom known as red tide has spread north along the west coast.

Although water samples just north of Hernando county remain free of Karenia brevis, the state's red tide hot line has evidence that the bloom is further south.

SOUND: In Pinellas County, concentrations of Karenia brevis offshore range from background near Tarpon Springs to medium along Clearwater Beach, Redington Beach, Fort DeSoto and the north Skyway Bridge fishing pier. Concentrations in Manatee and Sarasota counties are generally highest near shore.

Red tide sampling is recorded every Friday. Red tide can cause breathing difficulties, red-watery eyes, coughing and sneezing.

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