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Low levels of red tide found in Manatee County waters, state says

“Background” and “very low” concentration of the organism that causes red tide have been found in waters off of Manatee County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Friday.

Officials found a “very low” concentration in a sample collected Monday from near the Longboat Pass boat ramp on Sarasota Bay. “Very low” means there were between 1,000 to 10,000 cells of the Karina.brevis organism per liter of water.

At that level, respiratory irritation is possible. Shellfish harvesting is closed when the level exceeds 5,000 cells.