Red tide tracked off Wiggins Pass

— Monitors are taking more water quality samples today as they track medium concentrations of red tide about 19 miles west of Wiggins Pass, according to a report from Collier County Pollution Control and Prevention Department.

Satellite imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows elevated chlorophyll concentrations along the Lee and northern Collier County coasts.

Offshore winds are predicted through Saturday, which should minimize potential impacts at the beaches, the report said.

Medium levels of red tide are enough to cause repiratory irritation and fish kills, but monitors have not received any reports of problems in Collier County.

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