Common Name: Drift Algae Scientific Name: There is a wide variety of Drift Algae in Florida Bays Fun Facts: This alga is floating in a bed of Manatee Grass. Drift Algae is found in a dizzying array of shapes, colors and structures. A common problem in this area in that red rift algae washes ashore [...]
Current testing by FWRI: Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in water samples collected this week alongshore between Pinellas and Collier counties or offshore of the Florida Keys (Monroe County).
The South Florida Aquarium hosted a birthday party this month for Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity. He was brought to Manatee County in 1949 to Bradenton’s DeSoto celebration. He is 9-foot, 8-inches and weighs 1,205 pounds and has greeted more than 2 million visitors. The Aquarium believes Snooty is the oldest manatee to live [...]
At the START Annual Board Meeting, Dr. Bruce Neill, the President of the Sanibel/Captiva Chapter, discussed the work his chapter had done this past year on Seafood Savvy and what they had planned for the future. He said they started by going to local restaurants and training the owners, managers and wait staff to help [...]
The Gila trout was one of the original species listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1973. At that time, its range had been reduced to only four streams within the Gila forest. Through recovery efforts, federal officials decided in 2006 to downlist the trout to threatened status. However, wildfires burning around the West this [...]