Fort Myers Beach Conditions
Know before you go!
In the midst of a world-wide human health crisis, certain members of Congress have proposed an extremely harmful addition to the 2020 Water Bill (WRDA). This move is an attempt by special interests to reconfigure the system to their benefit and the environment’s detriment.
If this passes, it would mean more toxic algae, more discharges, less water to the already-suffering Everglades and Florida Bay, and Lake Okeechobee managed to benefit special interests without taking into account human health and safety. This would undo decades of progress and hinder the ability to protect Florida’s waters and economy in the future.
Urge Congress to REJECT this effort! We need your help! Take action!
ADVISORIES AND UPDATES
From the NOAA
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From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (August 7, 2020)
In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample from Manatee County.
Patchy Trichodesmium blooms continue to persist in offshore waters of Southwest Florida, based on recent satellite chlorophyll imagery provided by USF and NOAA. Over the past week, this alga was present at trace levels in a few inshore samples from Florida’s East coast. This alga blooms each year, has not been shown to be toxic in Florida’s waters, and often resembles sawdust but can change color as it decomposes. For more information, please see recent posts on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week (please see https://myfwc.com/
No reports of respiratory irritation were received over the past week.
Caloosahatchee Conditions Report (August 4, 2020)
Recording of Virtual Power Hour with Congressman Brian Mast
If you missed the event or would like to go back to certain parts of the meeting, you can view the video here. Access Code: 4i%40854
OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Check out these other useful links for up to date information on water quality issues such as red tide, and blue-green algae.
- Florida Healthy Beaches Program (Florida Department of Health)
- Lee County Updates
- Current Beach Conditions (MOTE Marine Laboratory)
- FMB CHAMBER RESOLUTION NO. 19-01 (SUPPORTING GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS’ STRONG COMMITMENT TO WATER QUALITY, EVERGLADES RESTORATION AND THE SIGNIFICANT FUNDING LEVELS OUTLINED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-12)
INFORMATION ON TYPES OF HAZARDOUS MICROORGANISMS
In Florida, red tide is caused by a microscopic single-celled algae called Karenia brevis or K. brevis. It is present in background conditions throughout the year in the Gulf of Mexico. When natural conditions are right, the organism can form blooms producing a toxin. When red tide is present it can cause coughing, sneezing and teary eyes. People with asthma or chronic respiratory problems should avoid red tide areas. Swimming in water with red tide can also cause skin irritation or eye burning.
Please refer to this fact sheet for more information on red tide.
Cyanobacteria/ blue-green algae are a group of organisms that can live in freshwater, salt water or mixed “brackish” water. When conditions are right, such as warm water and increased nutrients, these organisms can increase in numbers and accumulate in some areas of a water body.
Blue-green algae can cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed. Children and pets are especially vulnerable. If you spot blue-green algae, please contact Kalina Warren, environmental administrator with DEP’s Water Quality Assessment Program for the South Region at 407-897-4177.
You can find more information on blue-green algae using the links below:
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that normally lives in warm seawater. Itis part of a group of vibrios that are called “halophilic” because they require salt. Occurring naturally in the warm coastal waters, particularly during the summer months, Vibrio vulnificus has the potential to cause serious illness. People can get infected with Vibrio vulnificus when they eat raw shellfish, particularly oysters. Persons who have wounds, cuts or scratches and wade in estuarine areas or seawater where the bacteria might be present can become ill as well.
Symptoms of Vibrio vulnificus in wound infections typically include swelling, pain and redness at the wound site. Other symptoms of Vibrio vulnificus infection include; nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills and the formation of blistering skin lesions. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should contact a physician immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
Please refer to this fact sheet for more information on Vibrio vulnificus.
REPORTING DEAD MARINE LIFE
For sick, injured or dead sea turtles contact the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Hotline at 978-SAVE-ONE (728-3663) or FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). FWC’s hotline can also be used to report any sick or dead animal.
To report a fish kill, contact FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online. The public can also download the free FWC Reporter app to their mobile device.
To report a bird mortality, visit legacy.myfwc.com/bird.