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NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System (HAB-OFS)

Current Beach Conditions and Community Resources


Harmful algal blooms of Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for red tide in the Gulf of Mexico, can impact the health of humans and animal life. The blooms are patchy in nature and the impacts vary by location and throughout the day depending on nearby bloom concentrations, ocean currents, surf conditions, and wind speed and direction. The NOAA HAB-OFS Public Conditions Report identifies whether or not there is a K. brevis bloom. When there is a bloom, the report indicates the general location and provides forecasts of the potential level of associated respiratory irritation. The resources listed below provide up-to-date information about the observed, local beach conditions in Florida and Texas. During a K. brevis bloom, this information may help you find a nearby coastal area that is unaffected. For health information and resources, see the HAB Health Information page.

Some of the links on this page lead to external non-Federal government websites. The National Ocean Service (NOS) has provided these links because they contain HAB-related information that is used by the HAB-OFS and may be helpful to you. These links do not constitute an endorsement by the NOS of any information, products or services on the sites. If your organization contributes HAB-related information to the HAB-OFS and would like to have a link added to this page, please contact us.

Florida Texas
Current Beach Conditions
Click to go to the Mote Marine Laboratory Beach Conditions Reporting System and Map

Mote Marine Lab's Beach Conditions Report provides daily observations of the red tide status for Florida's Gulf Coast beaches via an interactive map.

Click to go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Red Tide Current Status

TPWD's Red Tide Current Status page provides a summary of red tide conditions along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Click to go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Red Tide Current Status and Map

FWC/FWRI's Florida Red Tide Current Status page provides summaries of their state-wide red tide monitoring, including maps of water sample results.

 
Shellfish Harvesting Status
Click to go to the Florida Department
              of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Aquaculture

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Aquaculture provides the daily status of shellfish harvesting areas and red tide.

Click to go to the Texas Department of State Health Services

The Texas Department of State Health Services' Seafood and Aquatic Life Group provides the current status of shellfish harvesting areas.

Other Local Community Resources
Click to go to the Sarasota County Health Department's Red Tide Monitoring Results

Results of Sarasota County Health Department's Red Tide Sampling.

 
Click to go to the Collier County Pollution Control Section's Current Red Tide Status

The Collier County Pollution Control Section's Current Red Tide Status page provides regional status reports.

 
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