SEBASTIAN – Right now, Red Tide does not exist in Sebastian or Vero Beach, although it’s been detected down south in Palm Beach County.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has provided an enhanced interactive map showing Red Tide on Florida beaches. The map is updated daily after water samples are tested to inform the public on the status of naturally-occurring red tide throughout the state.
The Red Tide map will be offered in addition to FWC’s current Wednesday and Friday updates on the status of Florida’s red tide blooms. This will provide the public with more immediate and accurate red tide data, as researchers process the many water samples from across the state.
“We are pushing out all we can, when we can, in the spirit of providing the most timely and beneficial information to the public and partners,” said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. “We will continually expand efforts to assist during this difficult event.”
The FWC works with a large network of partners, including private organizations, local governments and citizen volunteers, to continue research and sampling efforts and has conducted meetings and phone calls to develop a course of action for affected areas. This strong collaboration is critical to response efforts in coastal communities throughout the state.