Harmful Algae Blooms

Our friends at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued the following important news release at the beginning of August. The bay scallop season off Gulf County remains postponed due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay. The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption. The [...]

Water is a renewable resource, but the world’s supply of clean freshwater is shrinking as the population grows and demand increases. Pollution from industry, agriculture, and inappropriate waste disposal makes previously useful freshwater resources unsafe for human consumption. Runoff from farms poses a threat to freshwater ecosystems. Fertilizer, pesticides, and livestock waste often drain into [...]

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists at background to very low concentrations in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in four samples collected from Pinellas County; background to very low concentrations in two samples collected from Manatee County; and background to very low [...]

Last year we shared a press release from NOAA on a three-year $1.1 million grant from NASA for scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fine-tune current red tide forecasts with the goal of offering public health managers, coastal residents and [...]

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists at background to very low concentrations in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Pinellas County; background to very low concentrations in six samples collected from Sarasota County; and background to very low concentrations in six [...]