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Biological Hazard - USA

GLIDE CODE: BH-20060826-7345-USA
Date & Time: 2006.08.26 - 06:38:35
Area: USA Florida, Pinellas / Collier County, Seminole ( MAP)


According to the Aug. 25 report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, fish kills and respiratory irritation are possible between southern Pinellas County and northern Collier County. Very low concentrations of red tide were found in samples taken from the Skyway pier on Aug. 21 and 22. Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected this week at medium to high concentrations alongshore from Anna Maria Island (Manatee County) to Captiva Pass (Lee County), the report said. Medium concentrations of K. brevis, were detected as far south as the Naples Pier earlier in the week but had dropped to very low in samples collected on August 24. Samples collected 1 to 3 miles offshore between New Pass (Sarasota County) and Gasparilla Pass (Charlotte County) contained K. brevis concentrations ranging from low to high. An extensive bloom of the marine cyanobacteria Trichodesmium, remains in coastal waters between Sarasota and Lee counties and conti! nues to co-occur with the K. brevis, bloom.