Is it safe to go sailing near Stuart?

Much has been made in the press and the media about Red Tide. You may wonder if it is safe to go out on or be near the water in Florida. The West Coast of Florida has had and continues to have the worst red tide outbreaks. The beaches off Hutchinson Island and Jupiter Island have been affected by red tide this year but they are currently safe.

What is red tide? A red tide, or harmful algal bloom, is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism). In Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. To distinguish K. brevis blooms from red tides caused by other species of algae, researchers in Florida call the former the “Florida red tide.”

This map shows that there currently is no measurable levels of the red tide alga in the waters we sail in off of Stuart.

Note that the water samples from the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers currently show “Not Present”. If you are concerned feel free to check the Florida Fish and Wildlife site before venturing out.

Those who are prone to respiratory problems like COPD, emphysema, or asthma are especially affected by exposure to red tide. If things change and the problem returns, we my stay in the river and not venture near the ocean.

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