During 2013 a total of 829 manatee deaths were documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This was the highest number recorded since scientists began keeping records in the 1970’s and amounts to 16% of the manatee population in Florida. A third of these deaths (276) were due to red tide. Manatees are […]
New research published December 30 in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that mangroves are rapidly pushing north along the Florida coastlines where it had once been too cold to grow. The study is pointing at global warming for this development. The research was led by Kyle Cavanaugh, an ecologist at […]
Sarasota Bay Watch is excited to participate this year in the March 22nd STEM Workshop hosted by State College of Florida and sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The workshop will explore with middle school students environmental issues, the marine food chain and biodiversity, watershed concepts as well as human impacts and restoration benefits. […]
Shrimp Saute with Green Beans, Olives and Marjoram This sustainable seafood recipe from our partner, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, is a seafood “Good Alternative.” Ingredients Serves four • 1 pound green beans, trimmed • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1 large red onion, halved and then sliced • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 1/2 cup dry […]
Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in two samples collected inshore of Sarasota County this week. Other samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Harmful algal blooms (HAB’s) occur around the world. Karenia brevis also known as red tide, found off the coast of Florida, contain potent toxins that are harmful to marine organisms and humans. Red tide can create health problems for both animals and humans and cause respiratory problems in humans and marine mammals. It’s also responsible […]
Starfish, also known as sea stars by scientists to avoid the misconception that they are fish, are dying in record numbers. Along the Pacific coast from southern California to British Columbia and off the Atlantic coast in Rhode Island and Maine, the sea stars are under attack by an unknown wasting disease that causes them […]