A significant red tide bloom was reported in Boca Ciega Bay on 11/6/2018. Pinellas County Environmental Management Director Kelli Levy has confirmed a sample was collected in the area and high concentrations of the red tide organism were observed. Respiratory irritation is very strong in the area. Additional samples were collected in the area, the results will be published soon.
A tool that predicts risk levels for respiratory irritation is available at https://habscope.gcoos.org/forecasts. The forecast includes wind speed and direction.
Visit https://mygulfport.us/redtide for the latest City of Gulfport Red Tide information.
Bloom photo by Pat Mottoli-Monnia. Microscope image by Pinellas County Environment.