red tide

Road Map to Battle Red Tide

National Public Radio’s Ashley Ahearn reported that scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working to prevent outbreaks of paralytic shellfish poisoning that can be caused in part by red tides.  They are doing this by tracking when and where red tides will happen next. NOAA scientists were out looking for the [...]

Blue Light and Red Tide Blooms

A team of researchers in the United States and Spain has solved one of the main riddles about red tide blooms by uncovering the specific mechanism that triggers phytoplankton to release their powerful toxins into the environment.  They presented their research in February at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. The scientists discovered [...]

Red Tide Lasting Effects

Although red tide was last seen in Southwest Florida six weeks ago, WZVN-TV is reporting its lasting effects on the coast of Sanibel Island. High concentrations of toxins in the water have caused fauna that would normally eat the algae to disappear. The fauna have also not come back to their normal levels as the [...]

The University of South Florida has announced a joint effort between its College of Marine Science and scientists in Mexico to study red tide. This scientific cooperation between states and nations who depend on the Gulf is producing more accurate tracking of red tide. USF News reports that Biological Oceanographer Frank Muller-Karger, a member of [...]

In a status report  released by FWRI on January 20, 2012, the Karenia brevis bloom which has been present in southwest Florida for the past several months was only detected along two shore areas.  Very low concentrations were detected at Lighthouse Beach and Lovers Key State Park (southern Lee County) and very low to low [...]

Toxin Impacts Sea Life

Despite the relatively low concentration of red tide, some sea creatures are still being taken to rehabilitation clinics in Collier and Lee counties. Since December, Sanibel’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, has treated a variety of seabirds including 30 cormorants, 12 pelicans and a herring gull that was given a shake with a special [...]

Red Tide Alert

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Agency, a red tide bloom was spotted last week that extended across Lee and Collier counties.  NOAA satellite imagery showed the bloom boundary was about 30 miles from the coastline, extending from southern Lee County south to Marco Island.  Collier County officials said it is the worst [...]

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