red tide

An Editorial in the Herald Tribune on October 10th cited the latest red tide bloom that has hit the gulf coast. It spoke of the dead fish washing up on beaches and respiratory irritation levels risings. It reminded people of past outbreaks and how devastating it can be with our beaches graveyards to dead fish, [...]

The significant red tide bloom that has hit Florida has garnered the attention of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. They are providing the State funding to pay for offshore monitoring of the bloom’s development, movement and toxicity. NCCOS’s algal bloom Event Response Program is funding the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to [...]

Red Tide Hits Ireland

At the height of the tourist season a vast red tide algae bloom is threatening the multimillion dollar shellfish industry on the Atlantic seaboard of Ireland. In mid-July the bloom spread into Donegal bay, closing two beaches, and moved across Mayo, into Kerry and Cork and in parts of Clare and Galway. The bloom has [...]

A team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is hoping the device they call “a robot in a box”, will be a new tool for forecasting outbreaks of red tide. The device, roughly the size of a kitchen sink, has been suspended under the ocean surface from a buoy off the New Hampshire coast. It will [...]

This March coastal officials have been on high alert north of Lambert Bay, West Africa. The alarm was raised by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after satellite images taken last week confirmed that the annual natural phenomenon of red tide was slowly moving ashore.  The wave of toxic red tide has seen tons [...]

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 [...]

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