Traces of red tide were present in background concentrations in water samples taken Monday from Naples Pier and South Marco Beach, but no indications of any harmful algae bloom are present in Southwest Florida, according to the Collier County Pollution Control and Prevention Department.
"We have not received any reports of dead fish or respiratory irritation," the Pollution Control and Prevention Department reports Thursday in a news release.
No health effects are anticipated because of the background concentrations, which include less than 1,000 cells per liter of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, the county notes.
The county's next sampling event will be Monday. In addition to Naples Pier and South Marco Beach, samples are routinely taken by the county off Vanderbilt Beach and Seagate. In addition, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve also takes water samples off Big Marco Pass, Caxambas Pass, Goodland Bridge and the Collier Boulevard boat launch.
To report dead fish or red tide symptoms, call the county at (239) 252-2502. To speak to a health professional anytime, call toll free the Aquatic Toxins Hotline at 1-888-232-8635.
Collier red tide updates are also available on the red tide hot line at (239) 252-2591. This is an automated recording with the most recent red tide information for the county available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.