Red Tide-Related Hotlines and Information Sources

Report a fish kill or other wildlife effects, consult health authorities about human exposure, or locate other resources.

View the statewide Red Tide Current Status.

Latest Red Tide Status Report Available by Phone
Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-552-2448. Standard calling charges apply.

 

Fish and Wildlife Hotlines and Reporting Contacts

 

FWRI Fish Kill Hotline

The FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) maintains this hotline through a federally funded project to survey fish-related diseases and mortalities.

  • Call  800-636-0511 (toll-free) to report fish kills, diseased fish, or fish with other abnormalities. Leave a detailed report and contact information on the recorded message. A biologist will contact the caller, usually the following workday, if more information is needed.

Please do not call the FWRI Fish Kill Hotline to request dead fish cleanup; local municipalities are responsible for dead fish cleanup, usually only on public beaches.

FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-3922 (toll-free)
If you find a dead, sick, or injured manatee or sea turtle, or you would like to report a wildlife law violation, please call FWC's 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number.

 

Hotlines and Reporting Sites for Effects on Humans

 

Florida Poison Information Center: 800-222-1222 (toll-free)
If you would like to report health issues related to exposure to red tide, please call the Florida Poison Information Center at 800-222-1222. Additional information on the health effects of Florida red tide can be found on the Florida Department of Health website.

If you would like to speak with someone in your local health department, please use the link below for contact information.

County Health Departments

 

Information Sources

 

Mote Marine Laboratory's Beach Conditions Report provides up-to-date information about the effects of red tide on Florida Gulf coast beaches, including reports of dead fish, respiratory irritation among beachgoers, water color, and wind direction. The site also provides information on red drift algae and rip currents.

At the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science, the Center for Prediction of Red Tides uses forecast models to track and predict harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the southeastern United States and reports current conditions. Experimental products include Karenia flag maps of bloom locations and 3.5-day HAB trajectory forecasts. The center is a cooperative venture with the FWC.

The Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System, maintained by USF's Dr. Robert Weisberg, provides information regarding real-time surface meteorology, currents, and sea level from an array of buoys and coastal stations.

The USF-FWC HAB Bulletin site posts experimental red tide forecasts based on wind and current models.  Select an area of interest and view projected movement of red tide blooms from recently sampled locations.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses satellite imagery, field observations, and buoy data to assess harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. A report of conditions and additional information appears on the NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System Web site.

The Red Tide Alliance provides kits, brochures, and other information to businesses affected by harmful algal blooms, as well as links to other sources, at RedTideOnline.com. Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (START), a nonprofit group committed to scientific research and educational outreach on the impacts of Harmful Algae Blooms, maintains the site.

Documents about Florida red tide and other programs are available for download.

 

Shellfish Harvesting Closures

 

To protect public health, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services can order closures of shellfish harvest areas (limited in this context to oysters, clams, and mussels). Before harvesting in Florida waters, determine open or closed status by visiting the Department's Division of Aquaculture Web site or calling a field office.



FWC Facts:
Most horseshoe crab nesting activity takes place during high tides in the three days before and after a new or full moon.

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