Red Tide Information & Updates

As of February 2019, red tide is no longer present in Manatee County, according to reports by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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.

Beach Updates

May 20, 2019 Update

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection confirmed a presence of a blue green algae called Lyngbya majuscula off Sarasota Bay earlier this week. While this type of algae carries an unpleasant smell, it does not carry toxins and it is not harmful to living creatures or fish, particularly in the small quantities that have turned up so far.

As of this update, local affects have been minimal from both red tide and blue-green algae. Manatee County will continue its daily cleanup of public beaches, parks, preserves.

For daily beach conditions, go to and select a beach on the map. View local beach cameras.

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

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.


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