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.

Residents and volunteers who want to assist with red tide cleanup can get nets and buckets from their HOA or at G. T. Bray Recreation Center as part of the Nets to Neighbors campaign. Fish debris should be disposed of for free at designated dumpsters (see list below).

Sept. 18 Update

  • Beaches are open. Crews are raking the beaches during daylight hours.
  • Coquina Beach and Cortez have light fish.
  • Cortez Beach north to Bean Point has moderate fish.
  • Manatee Beach has moderate fish.
  • Coquina Bayside has light seaweed and fish.
  • Bayfront Park has light seaweed and a few fish.
  • Coquina North and South Boat Ramps have light seaweed and a few fish. Kingfish Boat Ramp has very light seaweed.
  • Water is tan/brown. Air quality is irritation with coughing. Smell is mild and present in most areas.
  • Red Tide signs are posted at affected beaches and will remain until the red tide bloom is over.
  • Photo of Coquina Beach this morning:

Coquina Beach conditions - September 18, 2018

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

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.

Dumpsters for Fish & Red Tide Debris

Roll off dumpsters are available at the following locations:

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.

View interactive map of all dumpster locations.

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Red Tide

Download Red Tide Business Support Packet

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.

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