Red Tide Information & Updates

For daily red tide conditions updated at 10 a.m and 3 p.m, go to visitbeaches.org and select a beach on the map. View local beach cameras.

Manatee County Red Tide Hotline: (941) 749-3547
Operating hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Red Tide Updates

Manatee County’s Property Management and Parks and Natural Resources Departments are regularly raking the beaches along the Gulf coast of Anna Maria Island, including Coquina, Anna Maria Bayfront, and Manatee Public Beaches, to clean the beaches of seaweed and fish affected by the recent arrival of red tide.

After several consecutive days of clear beaches and improved conditions on Anna Maria Island we have discontinued our daily red tide updates as of Nov. 2.

If the red tide returns or conditions change, check this page for updates on the County’s efforts to keep our public beaches and parks clear of debris.

Report Fish & Wildlife Impact

Contact Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to report fish or marine life impacted by red tide.

  • Report dead, sick, or injured manatee or sea turtle to the Wildlife Alert Hotline: (888) 404-3922
  • Report fish kill online or at (800) 636-0511

Information for Affected Homeowners & Businesses

Red Tide Cleanup Services for Canals, Waterways and Inlets

Due to the small maneuvering space in the canals, the cleaning must be done with nets and boats by hand. Homeowners and associations may want to work with local fisherman for a thorough cleaning of any remaining fish.

The following local fishermen have offered to assist with cleaning. Manatee County has not vetted these services. This list is not an endorsement of these businesses.

  • Accurate Tile & Remodeling Service, Inc., Russell Grant - (941) 301-5345
  • Bob Harrigan - (941) 374-9968
  • Bradenton Rental, Peter Freudenburg - (941) 962-8431
  • Brandon Jones - (417) 234-1086
  • Captain Destiny - (941) 216-8542
  • Exstream Maintenance, Martina Moore - (813) 495-3951
  • John Mace, Water Ways Work Boats  - (740) 441-7243
  • Kraig Stull - (616) 325-3468
  • Max Marine - (941) 565-4212
  • Nate Weissman - (941) 932-5609
  • New Jefferson Inc, Rich - (813) 300-9733
  • Organized Fisherman of Florida (OFF), Cortez chapter, Nathan Meschelle - (941) 527-8962
  • Pappy Pedigo - (941) 405-8215
  • Randall Blades - (302) 245-0767
  • Texas Aquatic Harvesting, Mike - (863) 528-7721
  • Tim Crews - (813) 324-9640
  • Tim Daniel - (941) 592-1593
  • Tin Phim - (941) 704-1847
  • Wesley Greus - (941) 218-3795
  • Weston Hayes - (941) 224-3512

Red tide blooms can last days, weeks, or months and can change daily due to wind conditions and water currents.

Assistance for Businesses & Employees Impacted by Red Tide

Assistance is still available. Visit our Red Tide Recovery Assistance page for more information.


Volunteer

Please see our Red Tide Cleanup Volunteer page for more information.


Red Tide Health & Safety Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions should avoid red tide areas.

Some people may experience eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath when on the beach or in an area near a red tide bloom, particularly when winds are blowing onshore. 

Swimming can be safe, but some people may experience skin irritation or burning eyes. If you experience these symptoms, get out of the water and wash off thoroughly. You should not swim in the water with dead fish.

Visit our Beach Safety page for more information.

CONTACT US +

  • Red Tide Hotline (8am-5pm, M-F)
  • (941) 749-3547