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New Understanding of Florida Red Tides Improves Management and Response

The March special issue of the scientific journal Harmful Algae contains the most comprehensive assessment of the Florida red tide ever published. The information provided in this special issue will help managers improve their ability to predict, monitor, and manage Florida red tide events and impacts.

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide, frequently forms large blooms off the west coast of Florida and occasionally elsewhere. It causes mass mortality of marine animals as well as human illness from consumption of toxin-contaminated shellfish or exposure to toxin-laden aerosols near beaches.

The special issue showcases Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)-funded research presented at the 2006 scientific workshop, State of the Research on Red Tide in the Gulf of Mexico, sponsored by CSCOR, Mote Marine Laboratory, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

For more information, contact Quay Dortch at [email]Quay.Dortch@noaa.gov[/email].

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