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FWC to provide interactive daily sampling map for red tide

October 5, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will provide an enhanced interactive map updated daily of water samples to inform the public on the status of naturally-occurring red tide.

The online Daily Sampling Map will be offered in addition to FWC's Wednesday and Friday updates on the status of the red tide blooms. It will provide the public with more immediate and accurate 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," FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said. "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. The strong collaboration is critical to response efforts in coastal communities throughout the state.

To view the map, visit MyFWC.com/RedTide and click on "Red Tide Current Status" tab.

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