There has been extensive reporting on Collier County red tide conditions, and to be sure, we’ve experienced significant impacts this year. Red Tide is a naturally occurring, worldwide phenomenon involving algae blooms, essentially a large concentration of aquatic microorganisms in protozoans, algae or certain marine plankton. Red Tide is not only notorious for killing fish, but can also thwart beach-goers who may experience itchy, burning eyes, respiratory distress or more depending on your sensitivity. Red Tide is an unfortunate and occasional facet of live for those who dwell among coastal communities throughout the world and shouldn’t be regarded as something new. In fact, locally, red tide cases have been documented dating back to the 1800s. Yet, in more recent years, reporting on Collier County red tide conditions has included indications of certain man-made factors, such as that involving chemicals used in agricultural processes as well as the discharge of Lake Okeeechobee freshwater into the Gulf. Basically put, there is science that notes how man made factors contribute to the creation of these red tides. Here in Southwest Florida, it is a particularly contentious and political issue because of the well-deserved concern for the integrity of our beaches, not to mention our economic dependence on tourism.
Collier County Red Tide Conditions NOW Clear
The good new, however, is that red tides dissipate and beaches ultimately return to their natural state of beauty. At this moment, the latest observations on Collier County red tide conditions thankfully show that area beaches are now clear. There’s a really cool beach conditions reporting system provided by SO-COOL (that’s the Sarasota Operations Coastal Observation Lab) and MOTE Marine Laboratory. You can get see real time reporting on Collier County red tide conditions among area beaches. To check out the latest reports, simply click on the image below: