2018 Red Tide Event Response
“FWC is committed to a comprehensive approach as we respond to the ongoing red tide event in southwest Florida. If you want more information on this important issue, please check our website and social media for updates.” Eric Sutton, FWC Executive Director

FWC has been monitoring this current bloom since Nov. 2017. Using microscopy, we have processed 7,397 water samples collected as part of our monitoring network, which includes partners and citizen volunteers.

FWC produces a Red Tide Status Report every Wednesday (during bloom season) and Friday: www.myfwc.com/redtidestatus

Our Fish Kill Hotline has received over 300 fish kill reports associated with this event. To report a fish kill, contact FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline: 800-636-0511 or submit a report online, or download the free FWC Reporter app to your mobile device.

FWC continues to collaborate with partners from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Florida Department of Health (DOH) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, University of South Florida College of Marine Science to collect the most current bloom data.

Research staff have been out in the field to confirm species identification and location, estimate of number dead fish and obtain samples from fish carcasses.
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