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.

Manatee County Red Tide Hotline: (941) 749-3547
Operating hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7 days/week

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 fish and sea life affected by the recent arrival of red tide.

Weekend update

  • Beaches are open.
  • Over the weekend staff will continue to clean the beaches during daylight hours as necessary.
  • Crews will survey local canals, channels and waterways over the weekend to determine the situation. The County has contracted with a vendor to clean local waterways, beginning with the most affected areas early next week.
  • Red Tide signs are posted at affected beaches and will remain until the red tide bloom is over.

Want to help? We're hiring temporary workers to help clean our beaches during the red tide bloom for $12.50/hour. Call Faraja at Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions for more information: (941) 739-8883.

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

Manatee County does not have a marine fleet to remove fish in smaller canals, and waterways, nor can County crews go onto private property to haul dead sea life to the landfill.

The following local fishermen have offered to assist with the homeowners who need their canals cleared. 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
  • Captain Destiny - (941) 216-8542
  • Max Marine - (941) 565-4212
  • Organized Fisherman of Florida (OFF), Cortez chapter, Nathan Meschelle - (941) 527-8962
  • Tim Crews - (813) 324-9640
  • Tin Phim - (941) 704-1847
  • Wesley Greus - (941) 218-3795
  • Weston Hayes - (941) 224-3512

When contracting with a local fish hauler to clean your canal, remember that red tide blooms can last days, weeks, or months and can change daily due to wind conditions and water currents.

Dumpsters for Fish & Red Tide Debris

Roll off dumpsters are available at Bayfront Park on Anna Maria Island and at three County-owned boat ramps: Coquina North, Coquina South and Kingfish boat ramps.

Private homeowners can either haul dead fish to the dumpsters or contract with local fishermen willing to do the work. There is no fee to dump fish in these dumpsters.

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Red Tide

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program was activated by Gov. Rick Scott on August 13, 2018, as a result of Lake Okeechobee Discharge/Algae Blooms and Red Tide impacting the state.

This interest-free loan program is currently available to small business owners located in designated disaster areas that experienced physical and/or economic damage as a result of these events. Small business owners can qualify for up to $50,000 per eligible business.

Emergency Bridge Loan

Designated Disaster Red Tide Counties: Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

Qualified Applicant: Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to July 9, 2018, for Red Tide and suffered physical damage and/or economic injury as a result of the designated disaster. Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with a minimum of two (2) and maximum of one hundred (100) employees.

Amount: Between $1,000 and $50,000 per eligible small business.

Term: Loans may be for periods of up to 180 days.

These are short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” - these are not grants.

Steps to Recovery

Step 1 - Register with Floridadisaster.biz

Step 2 – Complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey

Step 3 – Complete the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Application from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Contact and submit completed and signed application and support documentation to your local Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Find your local SBDC at www.FloridaSBDC.org/locations. Applicants may also contact their local SBDC for free help with completing the application.


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, 7 days/week)
  • (941) 749-3547