|Operational Conditions Reports|
Monday, December 2, 2013 Not present to medium concentrations of Karenia brevis (commonly known as Florida red tide) are present along- and offshore portions of southwest Florida, and not present in the Florida Keys. K. brevis concentrations are patchy in nature and levels of respiratory irritation will vary locally based upon nearby bloom concentrations, ocean currents, and wind speed and direction. The highest level of potential respiratory irritation forecast for Monday, December 2 to Thursday, December 5 is listed below: County Region: Forecast (Duration) Central Lee: Very Low (M), Moderate (Tu-Th) Southern Lee, bay regions: Moderate (M, W-Th), Low (Tu) Southern Lee: Moderate (M), Low (Tu), Very Low (W-Th) Northern Collier: Moderate (M), Very Low (Tu-Th) All Other SWFL County Regions: None (M-Th) Check http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/hab/beach_conditions.html for recent, local observations. Health information, from the Florida Department of Health and other agencies, is available at http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/hab/hab_health_info.html. Over the past several days, reports of dead fish associated with K. brevis have been received from central and southern Lee County.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 There are currently no reports of harmful algae in this region. No impacts are expected. Last report: Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Thursday, December 05, 2013 There are currently no reports of harmful algae in this region. No impacts are expected. Last report: Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 2, 2013 There is currently no indication of Karenia brevis (commonly known as Texas red tide) along the coast of Texas. No respiratory irritation is expected Monday, December 2 through Monday, December 9. Check http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/hab/beach_conditions.html for recent, local observations. There are currently patches of a bloom of the algae Aureoumbra lagunensis in the upper Laguna Madre region. This algae species does not produce the respiratory irritation associated with the Texas red tide caused by Karenia brevis, but it may cause discolored water and fish kills.
Other Sources of Gulf of Mexico HAB Status Info:
Check our Current HAB Conditions page.
View map of cell counts and environmental data.
For 24/7 medical advice about the health impacts of red tide, call your local Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222).
The forecast system relies on satellite imagery, field observations, models, public health reports and buoy data to provide the large spatial scale and high frequency of observations required to assess and predict bloom conditions, location and movements. HAB conditions reports, including potential impacts for the next 3-4 days, are posted to this Web page twice a week after confirmation of a HAB, and once weekly during the inactive HAB season. Additional bloom analysis is included in the HAB Bulletin that is provided to state and local coastal resource managers in the region. How do I get the NOAA HAB Bulletin?
The Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System is an ongoing project that depends on the dedication, energy, and feedback of individuals from partner agencies and numerous other organizations working on this issue in the Gulf of Mexico.
Operational HAB Bulletins are sent twice a week via e-mail to registered users with natural resource management responsibilities. A week after the HAB bulletin has been issued, it is posted to the Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin Archive for public access. NOAA demonstration bulletins are pre-operational and may not be issued on a routine schedule. (Please visit the Developmental HAB Forecast Project web page for more information about developmental HAB projects.) If you have management responsibility and would like to be added to the mailing list, contact NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System.
The HAB Bulletin Guide document is provided for the registered users to understand and interpret the HAB Bulletin. It is in the PDF format and available for downloading.
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