All water activities continue as normal in Citrus County Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico waters and Crystal River/Homosassa rivers and springs.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continue to monitor Florida waters for the spread of the Red Tide bloom.
At this time, it is confined to Southwest Florida, approximately 100 miles from Citrus County.
Red Tide Facts:
- FWC monitoring shows Red Tide is NOT present in Citrus County.
- It is safe to swim, scallop and fish in Citrus County.
- Fort Island Beach Park is safe and remains open for swimming.
- Manatees, turtles, scallops, fish and other sea-life are safe from the Red Tide bloom in Crystal River/Homosassa waters.
- The Red Tide Zone is confined to South Florida
- Crystal River and Homosassa waters are approximately 100 miles north of the Red Tide zone.
Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico. Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.
FWC scientists combine field sampling with tools maintained by state and federal partners to track red tides and their effects. For more information and daily updates on the South Florida Red Tide bloom visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website at: http://myfwc.com/.