Harmful Algae Blooms

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 [...]

A bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and northern Collier counties in Southwest Florida. Karenia brevis was detected in low to high concentrations in 9 samples collected in and alongshore of Pinellas County; background to medium concentrations in 22 samples collected inshore of Hillsborough [...]

Red Tide is Back

On July 25, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported that a bloom of red tide was confirmed in samples collected offshore of Hernando County. Citizens had been calling FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline to report observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish [...]

The Bradenton Herald reports that Congress has just authorized $82 million for new research aimed at controlling HABs or Harmful Algae Blooms. Florida Senator Bill Nelson sponsored the bill and the Senate agreed on June 17th to support a House amendment to the bill which is now headed to President Obama for approval. The legislation [...]

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