Aug. 7, 2018

SUFB 528: Florida Red Tide And Algae outbreak Getting Worse

SUFB 528: Florida Red Tide And Algae outbreak Getting Worse

A couple of weeks ago, I published an episode on a number of Sea Turtles floated ashore dead from a red time bloom off of Southwest Florida. The long term prognosis did not look good as the red tides usually happen in the winter, where cool water from...


A couple of weeks ago, I published an episode on a number of Sea Turtles floated ashore dead from a red time bloom off of Southwest Florida. The long term prognosis did not look good as the red tides usually happen in the winter, where cool water from the land break up the red tide; however, this red tide happened in the summer, where cool water is absent.

I thought I would do an update on the situation for this episode, but the update is worse than the initial story. There are almost 400 Sea Turtles dead. There are a number of manatees dead as well. Thousands of fish are also dead and shellfish in the red tide are not going to be consumed by anyone as they are likely contaminated.

Instead of focusing on the numbers of dead animals for this episode, I thought I would focus on how changes in water quality management has really caused this horrible event. You can trace the cause back to deregulation of important environmental management practices. 

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