Red Drift AlgaeRed Drift Algae is any of a number of larger species of algae that can be seen with the naked eye. These species, which vary in color and can be red, brown, green or white occur naturally in the environment and can sometimes detach from the bottom and wash up along area beaches. These species are called macro algae because they can be seen without aid of a microscope. These algae are not harmful and are non-toxic but, when they wash up on beaches, can smell bad as they decompose.
Currently minimal drift algae in the area.
Red TideThe Florida Red Tide is caused by Karenia brevis, an organism that you can only see with a microscope. It’s always present in the Gulf of Mexico in small amounts, but when it “blooms” and occurs in larger amounts, it sometimes discolors the waters, giving them a reddish or brownish appearance, hence the name “red tide.” When blooms occur, their toxins can kill fish and other marine animals. When their toxins become airborne, they can also have respiratory effects on people at beaches.
Currently no Red Tide in the area.
Click here for recent reports from Fish & Wildlife Commission regarding Red Tide.
Lake Okeechobee Impacts on Southwest Florida
Lake Okeechobee impacts Southwest Florida through releases of freshwater travelling through the Caloosahatchee River making its way to the area beaches. There are several non-profit agencies that monitor the releases as they occur. The links below give access to those monitoring reports.