Red tide found on Collier beaches

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A skim boarder runs past a dead catfish that washed ashore Wednesday morning at Vanderbilt beach. The beaches in North Naples showed fewer signs of red tide offshore Wednesday than they had earlier in the week. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tests showed there were high levels of red tide about 18 miles west of Naples Park and about 20 miles west of Keewaydin Island. Researchers also found medium levels of red tide about 10 miles west of Venetian Bay, about 15 miles west of the Naples Pier and about 20 miles west of Doctor's Pass. To report dead fish or red tide symptoms call the Collier County Pollution Control and Prevention Department at 252-2502. Red tide updates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the county's red tide hotline at 252-2591.

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Lexey Swall/Staff A skim boarder runs past a dead catfish that washed ashore Wednesday morning at Vanderbilt beach. The beaches in North Naples showed fewer signs of red tide offshore Wednesday than they had earlier in the week. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tests showed there were high levels of red tide about 18 miles west of Naples Park and about 20 miles west of Keewaydin Island. Researchers also found medium levels of red tide about 10 miles west of Venetian Bay, about 15 miles west of the Naples Pier and about 20 miles west of Doctor's Pass. To report dead fish or red tide symptoms call the Collier County Pollution Control and Prevention Department at 252-2502. Red tide updates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the county's red tide hotline at 252-2591.

Red tide monitors have found levels of the toxic algae bloom at various concentrations this week along Collier County beaches and reported a smattering of dead fish on Barefoot Beach on Wednesday.

Water samples taken Monday showed red tide at background levels at Barefoot and Vanderbilt beaches, at medium levels at Seagate, and at very low levels at the Naples Pier. Red tide was not present at Marco Island beaches, according to the county’s pollution control department.

Offshore, patches of water with elevated to very high chlorophyll levels, an indication of a possible red tide, were visible on satellite imagery stretching as far south as southern Collier County, the department reported today.

Red tide is a bloom of microscopic algae that can release a toxin that kills marine life and causes respiratory irritation. The county has not received any reports of respiratory irritation at the beaches but is cautioning people with emphysema and asthma to avoid the beach.

Winds will be mostly from the south this week with a slight westerly shift Friday, which could worsen red tide impacts at the beaches. To report dead fish or red tide symptions, call 239-252-2502. Red tide updates are available on the county hotline at 239-252-2591 or at www.colliergov.net/redtideupdate.

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