Toxic algae in florida map. Months after it appeared in florida widespread toxic red tide continues to threaten wildlife killing thousands of fish and disrupting the sunshine states tourism. Blue green algae blooms some testing positive for toxic microcystin have been reported at these locations. The karenia brevis bloom. Blue dots show where samples were taken in the past 30 days green dots show reports within 31 to.
Lake okeechobee floridas liquid heart is once again exploding with a massive algae bloom a deepening crisis that threatens to slime both coasts in what has become a recurring summer nightmare. The map embedded above shows where algae samples have been taken within the past three months. All the reported sites since lake okeechobee discharges started june 1. The green slime that washed onto florida beaches earlier this month marks the eighth time since 2004 that toxic algae have fouled the sunshine states storied coastline.
The department water management districts and fwc routinely survey and sample locations in south florida and are prepared to collect samples if algae is present. The algae is made up in part of toxic cyanobacteria which when present in large enough numbers can deplete the oxygen in the water to create so called dead zones in the water column below. The florida fish and wildlife conservation commission released a new interactive map that allows users to see the concentration of the cells of algae that cause red tide. Thick smelly toxic algae invades florida beaches.
Sampling results the map below contains samples collected beginning on january 1 2019.